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.
1993–96 Buckinghamshire College BA (Hons) Furniture Design & craftsmanship.
1991–93 Ashford Sixth Form College A Levels. Art,
Photography & Design Technology
2009 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
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.
2006-08 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
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
2009 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
2009 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
2008 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
- CAA Exhibitions