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Hugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation’s London Craft Week Exhibition

4 – 7 May 2017, gallery@oxo

Design-Nation are pleased to announce that Hugh Miller Furniture will be joining the Marks & Tools exhibition this May as part of London Craft Week . Hugh recently presented his stunning collection of Japanese-influenced furniture at the Craft Council’s Collect craft fair, and will now be exhibiting as part of the Design-Nation showcase at gallery@oxo.

Hugh’s work fits perfectly with the theme of the exhibition Marks and Tools, being based on a set of design principles developed during his Winston Churchill Research Fellowship to Japan in 2015, and now instilled into his making processes. The most noticeable of the hallmarks that Hugh has developed is the hand-gouged texture that is present on the underside of all his pieces. His work uniquely reflects the duality of Japanese and Western cultural influences that underpin all of his designs. and how these translate into different disciplines. Hugh says, “I trained as an architect, and I see my work as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the intricacy of the detail. I’m self-taught in furniture making, and have rejected some traditional ways of thinking about wood and cabinetry, resulting in pieces like my ‘Coffee Cart no.1 ’ – a piece that bridges cultures and technique, in the use of wood, brass, bamboo and ceramics.”

Design-Nation’s designer-makers will be showing exciting new and recent work which showcases their practices within the theme of marks and tools of the maker, across disciplines that include furniture, ceramics, textiles and glass.

Highlights will include new and recent work by Amy Cushing, who makes kiln-formed glass, using both hot and cold processes, for large-scale interior installations. She has a passion for colour sequences and is used to working large scale. Ceramicist Hannah Tounsend makes collections of one-off printed vessels and subtly layered paper mono-prints inspired by the British coastal landscape. She has developed a unique hybrid making method that combines moulded and thrown elements within her ceramic pieces. Melanie Porter creates traditional craft-based furniture and interior products reconsidered with a contemporary aesthetic, and a lot of colourful yarn. Every piece she creates is truly unique and her re-upholstered knitted mid-century modern chairs have become design icons. The multi-disciplinary practice Fung and Bedford are creating a sculptural installation specifically for the Design-Nation showcase exhibition to be installed in the window at the gallery, and which will be enhanced by graphics created by The Unloved.

We are thankful for the support of Arts Council England and our partners London Craft Week
and Coin Street Community Builders.

Notes to Editors:

Design-Nation: Marks & Tools
4th – 7th of May 2017 (11am – 6pm each day, free admission)
Private View 6.30pm – 8.30pm Thursday 4th May (Invite only)

Exhibitors participating in the showcase are Amy Cushing, Angus Ross, Anna Gravelle, Christine
Meyer-Eaglestone, Ekta Kaul, Fung & Bedford, Gillies Jones, Hannah Tounsend, Heidi
Harrington, Hugh Miller, J C Middlebrook, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Linda Bloomfield, Margo
Selby, Melanie Porter, Michael Ruh, Michelle House, Nigel Cheney, Rosemaryrose, Samantha
Sweet, Simon Yates, Sue Pryke, Taz Pollard and The Unloved.

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St,
London SE1 9PH
Tube – Southwark (Jubilee Line), Blackfriars (Circle and District) and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and
Bakerloo lines)
gallery@oxo is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders

Show & Tell Talk & Tour , 1-2pm Thursday 4th May, with writer Barbara Chandler, Hannah
Tounsend, Margo Selby and Michael Ruh. Book here.

Please contact David or Alice at Seen PR for further press information and images on
+44 (0)1273 722469

Images courtesy the artists. Hugh Miller photo by Robert Holmes. Fung & Bedford photo by Yeshen Venema.

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