Gareth Neal

In 2002 Gareth Neal set up his furniture design practice in the heart of the East End of London. He specialises in one-off’s for individual clients and companies, since 2002 his theories and aesthetics have moved on considerably. Drawing from his surroundings, using 3d computer drawing skills, and CNC processes, plus combining this with hand skills and high quality craftsmanship his designs have evolved into new and diverse territory.

This recent body of work first started developing in 2006 using themes touches on in earlier series but now the work has structured geometric exteriors, the negative space revealing traditional furniture styles and geometric forms as if through the erosion of time forms from the past are revealed.

The work, tries to engage with the viewer and create inter sector debate, between art, design and craft, between history and the contemporary, between the material and the immaterial.
Gareth Neal graduated from Buckinghamshire University’s  ‘Furniture Design and Craftsmanship’ BA Hon’s in 1996  and ever since been in demand having been featured in numerous publications and exhibited around the world , from Sotheby’s in New York to the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Born 1974

 Buckinghamshire College BA (Hons) Furniture Design & craftsmanship.
1991–93  Ashford Sixth Form College A Levels. Art,
Photography & Design Technology
Selected Exhibitions
  Telling Tails Victoria & Albert Museum ‘Group Show’
2009  Solo Exhibition ‘Urban Field’  Contemporary Applied Arts Solo Exhibition
2009  COLLECT (Forthcoming) Saatchi Gallery    ‘Group Show’ 
2008  Vision 21 Bonham’s ‘Sale’
2008  Tent Design Week ‘Group Show’
2008  Milan Furniture Fair Milan  
2008  Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum London. Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts.
2007 100% Design. Earls Court
2006  Collect. V & A London
2006  100% East. Brick Lane London
2006  SOFA. Chicago
2005  ‘Collect’ V & A London
2004  A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham.
2004  The Art of Furniture, Birmingham Museum of Art
2004  CAA, London
2003  SOFA, Chicago.
2002  OXO Tower, London
2001  The Unexpected, Sotheby’s New York
2000  Chelsea Craft Fair, London

Corporate Work
2007  Ceramic Water Fountain in Brussels, commissioned
by Different by Design for European Parliament Advantage West Midlands
2004  Forrest Project: To design and manufacture an art based shed to
stimulate the imagination and breathe life into ‘The Shed’
2001  Project: Art installation for launch of the new Mini in the USA
2001  Garrard Project: To design and manufacture a new record player for limited production.

 Lecturer & Research B.A Design & Crafts  Staffordshire University 
2008  Visiting Lecturer 3d Material Exploration
Camberwell University of the Arts
2008  Visiting Lecturer Rycotewood Furniture Centre  Oxford Cherwell Valley Oxford 
2007  Visiting Lecturer Contemporary Crafts  University College Falmouth
2005-07  Part Time Lecturer Furniture Design & Craftsmanship Buckinghamshire Chilterns University

Advisory Pannel
2006-08 Creative and Cultural Skills, Craft Skills Advisory Panel

Recent Selected Publicity
2009  Chest Of Drawers Wallpaper
2009  Point Of View Home’s and Gardens
2009  Carving Out a future Financial Times
2008  A Crafty Idea Metro
2008  Hidden Secrets Crafts
2008  LG Chem Icon
2008  Anne Table TOP Magazine Frankfurt
2008  Best Of Milan New Design
2008  Future Talent Elle (UK)
2008  Best of Milan  Elle (France)
2008  Best of Milan Elle (Germany)
2008  Award Winner Sunday Times (Style Magazine)
2008   Milan Best of British Telegraph Magazine
2008  Craft or Art Financial Time’s
2008  Style Pages Elle Decoration
2008  Collect 08 Crafts

Grants & Awards
 Investment in Individuals Arts Council
2008  Winner  Furniture Craft Award 2008 Wesley-Barrell
2007  Nominee The Arts Foundation Fellowship 
2007  Finalist Best Appearance at a Trade Show Hidden Arts
2007  Winner  Award for Export UK trade & Investment
2007  Finalist  100%/ Blueprint Best Newcomer Blueprint
2006  Best Innovative routes to market Hidden Arts
2003  Investment in individuals Southern Arts
2000  First Time Exhibitors Award Southern Arts
2000  Furniture & Cabinet making Award First prize
1998  PYBT Business set up Award
1997  The Student Design Award Second Prize

  Telling Tales, Gareth Williams, Barnes & Noble
2009  Limited, Edition,Sophie Lovell, Birkhäuser Verlag
2008  Desire The Shape of Things to Come, Gestalten
2008  What is Product Design, Laura Slack, RotoVision
2007  Bespoke, Betty Norbury, Stobart Davies Ltd
1999  Furniture for the 21st Century, Betty Norbury,    Stobart Davies Ltd

Site Specific commissions
  Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Reception Desk, (Awaiting) RIBA Award Winning Architecture
2007  Advantage West Midlands Middle, Site specific Ceramic, Water fountain: Brussels
2004  Forrest  Project: To design and manufacture an art based shed to stimulate the imagination.
2001  BMW Project: Art Instillation for launch of the new Mini in the USA





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