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Great Northern Craft Show 2016

6-9 October 2016 | Old Granada Studios Manchester | map

Get along to the Great Northern Craft Show and see the fabulous work of Makers' Eye designerRobert Ingham. Jewellery boxes a speciality, when you would be buying or ordering just in time for Christmas!

Preview evening Thursday Oct 6th 2016

Makers' Eye designers at Luxury Made

21st- 24th September 2016 | Pillar Hall Olympia London W14 8UX

Luxury Made is a new event created to showcase design and products of great quality from around the world.

This inaugural show features the work of three prominent Makers' Eye designers Kevin Stamper, Alun Heslop and, new to the Makers' Eye fold, Sebastian Blakely. 

It really should go without saying that each of these designers has a strong personal signature in his work.

Stamper brings us his innovative 'pixelated' patterning, each colour created by eye and using a revolutionary light fast staining method developed and perfected by Stamper himself. Each pixelation design is inspired by a particular image, beit a landscape, still life or portrait and as such lends itself perfectly to those seeking to place a genuinely bespoke commission.

 

Alun Heslop has for twenty years been creating work that is truly 'functional art'. For 2016 we have the Kre chair, a stunning creation in patinated and polished bronze, hollow cast from an original piece hand carved in solid timber by Heslop. The depth and quality of his work can really be appreciated only by seeing it, feeling it, touching it and the Luxury Made show is one of those rare occassions when this is possible.

Alun also creates entire interior schemes, exampled by this recent project for the exclusive Hancock jewellers in Brompton Arcade where he brings together a vast range of skils and techniques from his hand picked craftsmen and women. 

Sebastian Blakeley brings us his wonderful and very much personal take on furniture, and particularly chair, design, with other pieces ( his fantastic E'Scrivo desk, for instance )  thron in for good measure.

Italain flair fused with finest British craftsmanship give his work a rich and distinctive flavour.

 

'Looking back is interesting because without a shade of doubt those years in Italy and the visits to Milan remain a deep influence in my designs and concepts. Yet the initial traditional craftsman/restoration years in England; instilled in me a profound understanding, appreciation and respect for wood, for the trees and for the forests.

For me this respect of wood has to be present in my work, a tangible experience in both my furniture and studio buildings.'

Vist his stand at Luxury Made and experience for yourself the fruits of his wide influences nad consumate skills.

 

 

Makers' Eye double award winners!

Makers' Eye double award winners!

May 25th 2015

To add to our winning of the Bespoke Furniture category in the National Wood Awards last year we are proud to announce that our 'Poon' two drawer desk for St Hugh's College Oxford has now won a sought-after Design Guild Mark.

Given by the Furniture Maker's Company, our guild body, this honour is awarded for Excellence in Design in British Furniture.

Desgners Tony Portus and Simin Pirie created the desk as part of a larger range of desks, library shelving, low tables and refectory tables for the new Dickson Poon China Studies Centre, commissioned by St Hugh's.  With further pieces now being added to the range this work has proved attractive to both private and business clients, and is a really exciting development for us!

See more of this work here 

Makers' Eye on Wood Awards short list!

17 -20 September 2014 | 100% Design | map



Exciting news for Makers' Eye is that the range of contemporary furniture we designed to commission for the fabulous new Dickson Poon China Centre at St Hugh's College, Oxford has now been short listedin the Bespoke Furniture category for the prestigious Wood Awards 2014.

A selection from the range will be on display on the Wood Awardds stand at 100% Design in September and we look forward to welcoming you there!

 

The new Dickson Poon building, by David Morley Architects, has a distinct, yet subtle, oriental influence and Makers' Eye were entrusted with the brief to work within the overall design concept of the building in creating work designed to both augment and complement the building design.
Our fresh and site specific designs have been created for 63 study bedrooms; 34 academic's offices, as well as breakout and conference areas.

For the study bedrooms we have created not only study desks but also wall mounted book shelves designs, both of which acknowledge and respect the oriental traditions of simplicity. function and proportion, whilst being entirely original and contemporary.

A completely separate design, featuring oak and black lino surfaces with filing cabinet storage below is being created for the college's academics

Additionally we are also making large folding study tables with a novel and custom built cam centred mechanism, as well as a range of breakout coffee tables.

All the pieces are constructed from solid superprime european oak, with a hand applied lacquer finish

Making began just before Christmas 2013 and all pieces were made and ready for delivery, on time and on budget, by beginning of March 2014. A tight deadline but one made achievable by the orchestrated talents and making capacity of Makers' Eye.

Makers' Eye designers at Ideal Home Scotland

23-26 May 2014 | SECC Exhibition Way Glasgow G3 8YW | map

Good to see two emminent members of Makers' Eye are exhibiting their terrific work at Ideal Home Scotland. Angus Ross and Daniel Lacey are there, Daniel with his exquisite commissioned work, and Angus exhibiting signature pieces from his steadily expanding range of designs. Making work in batch production has created a unique style for the Angus Ross Workshop and this, coupled with his ground-breking making techniques and imaginative use of Scottish oak, has positioned Angus as a leading designer and maker of the very best contemporary handmade work.

He also works to commission for indivdual pieces as well as larger scale projects, some of which can be seen in the fabulous new Makers' Eye Interiors e-brochure, here. 

2014 Festival of Furniture and Silver

April 8th-12th 2014 | Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5AD. 020 7566 7650

‘Inspired’
Contemporary furniture making and silversmithing
Tuesday 8 April – Saturday 12 April 2014
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday opens 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday late opening 10.00am – 7.30pm
Saturday 12 April opens 10.00am – 4.00pm

‘Inspired’ at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a selling
exhibition by the Furniture Makers and the silversmiths of Festival of Silver.
These craftsmen and women have taken inspiration from each other’s
work and collaborated to create this unique exhibition.

Makers' Eye designers feature prominently in this exhibition of work of the very highest standard, both in terms of design and making.

Daniel Lacey, Tony Portus (Cato Studio), David Savage, Barnaby Scott (Waywood workshop) and Toby Winteringham all brought new, groundbreaking designs, and it was great to see Waywood win the prize for the best piece in the show.

'WELCOME TO THE MATERIAL MIND' EXHIBITION

'WELCOME TO THE MATERIAL MIND' EXHIBITION

25 April- 1 May 2014 | Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU | map

An exhibition showcasing exceptional sculptural works hewn, shaped and crafted from wood, metal and glass where a synergy of form and function radiates from within. Work from some of Britain's finest artist designer makers, and starring the amazing sculptural forms and furniture of Makers' Eye's Alun Heslop
'Where an idea becomes a flowing line, a form, a texture. Where the eye is drawn and the hand is seduced'.

Welcome to the Material Mind 

Functional works of art for the way we live tomorrow.

While the interplay between stylistic expression and functional utility is often found at the core of good furniture design, ‘Welcome To The Material Mind’ shows the work of a small group of artists, featuring Alun Heslop whose out-put has a strong sculptural presence, and yet each maker’s concern is that their work also has a direct ‘usefulness’ close to the surface.

For these artists and makers it is the intriguing overlaps in their approaches to how they work that has brought them together to show and to reflect upon what they do. It is in the approach rather than the mere appearance of their work that they have found common ground. Rooted in the appreciation of ‘truth to materials’ in the form that the manifest object takes shape.

For all, it is this material presence and process, the inspiration and fore-thought in thinking and process in making that brings these artists together.

The work is handmade. Crafted, formed and shaped directly with a deep concern for ‘workmanship’ and attention to detail. Length of time each piece takes to make is not a special claim in itself, what is more important is the direct connection to the material and the understanding that one builds when working through a project in this way.

By having such an intensely close relationship with the material allows the opportunity for spontaneity and improvisatory moments throughout the designing and making process. The materials used are not necessarily chosen for their immediate aesthetic quality, but rather for their structural qualities for the task at hand.

Texture, structure, form, pattern, architecture, biology, light and shade, and of course, the human interaction functionality, are of course all parts of the process. Social change, cultural heritage, natural beauty and crises, the drama of light and shadow, outline and silhouette, joy, fear and vanity. - It is an inescapable fact that the world we sense around us serves as a source of inspiration and reflection, however, it is the way we feel about these things and how we are able to interpret and translate this information that shapes the essence of an idea.

The works presented here are then of course naturally unique in appearance as are the concepts behind them. The general interests, passions, outlooks, and settings of these artists are all different, however within the binding idea of process in material thinking we find the common thread of connection within the way of working. 

Welcome then to the Material Mind, neither purely sculptural form or simply ‘brown’ furniture this show represents the journey of discovery and investigation towards new ways of seeing and how functional form can exist.

 

Featuring new and exciting works by artist designer makers who push at the boundaries of accepted wisdom.

ANGUS ROSS AT DESIGN SHANGHAI

27 Feb-2 March 2014 | Shanghai Exhibition Centre

Shanghai's first truly international design event, and a landmark exhibition for Makers' Eye designer Angus Ross.

Sitting in close company with globally espected designers, Angus Ross will be presenting

examples of his unique, handmade work, both limited edition and small volume designs.

An exciting  limited edition, the ABERFELDY WHISKY CABINET will no doubt generate a huge amount of interest in a country where appreciation of the finest Scottish whiskies is on the up. Appropriate too, for a designer who's business sits close to the famous Dewar's distillery where they produce the wonderful aberfeldy single malt.

Designed by Angus Ross in 2013 the exquisite oak and

walnut cabinets are a limited edition of twenty. Oak and

walnut are the noble woods of UK. The elliptical cabinet

includes layers of display and storage, secret

compartments and illuminated glass shelves.

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The cabinet at DESIGN SHANGHAI will be sold with six

specially commissioned hand-cut crystal tumblers by

Cumbria Crystal (hand-made in England, UK) and a rare

bottle of cask-strength Aberfeldy Single malt whisky hand

poured at the Dewars distillery in Aberfeldy.

In addition Angus will be showing his beautiful 'Tay' bench.

This deceptively simple bench has a sculpted surface with a very slim profile and is

surrounded by a spiral of steam-bent Scottish oak.

Steam-bending is an ancient process which magically combines wood and water -

resonates with whisky production. Steam-bending is traditionally used to make

whisky barrels, wooden fishing boats and agricultural tools. Our workshop has

elevated it to an art form.

Tay Bench was made for SOFA Chicago USA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art)

2012 and short-listed for The Wood Awards 2013. Premier UK award for excellence in

design with wood. We have been short-listed last four years with steam-bent pieces

some of which are also presented at DesignShanghai.

Makers' Eye designs for St Hugh's College, Oxford

Makers' Eye designs for St Hugh's College, Oxford

10 January 2014


Exciting news for Makers' Eye is that we have been commissioned to design and make a range of contemporary furniture for the fabulous new Dickson Poon China Centre at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

The new building, by David Morley Architects, has a distinct, yet subtle, oriental influence and Makers' Eye were entrusted with the brief to work within the overall design concept of the building in creating work designed to both augment and complement the building design.
Our fresh and site specific designs have been created for 63 study bedrooms; 34 academic's offices, as well as breakout and conference areas.

For the study bedrooms we have created not only study desks but also wall mounted book shelves designs, both of which acknowledge and respect the oriental traditions of simplicity. function and proportion, whilst being entirely original and contemporary.

A completely separate design, featuring oak and black lino surfaces with filing cabinet storage below is being created for the college's academics

Additionally we are also making large folding study tables with a novel and custom built cam centred mechanism, as well as a range of breakout coffee tables.

All the pieces are being constructed from solid superprime european oak, with a hand applied lacquer finish

Making began just before Christmas 2013 and all pieces are due for delivery at the beginning of March 2014. A tight deadline but one made achievable by the orchestrated talents and making capacity of Makers' Eye.

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2013

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2013

August 17-26 2013 | Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

The UK's finest exhibition of contemporary, bespoke designer made furniture and jewellery. Now in its nineteenth consecutive year.

http://www.celebrationofcraftsmanship.com/

Craftsman designer Jason Heap again presents his unique exhibition, featuring terrific work from some of the greatest creators of handmade furniture, jewellery and sculpture. For ten days, open each day from 10 till 4pm, superb work from talented designers can be viewed, experienced and bought in the beautiful surroundings of Thirlestaine Long Gallery in the heart of the Cotswolds gem spa town of Cheltenham.

Featured too will be work from the winners of the Alan Peters Award for excellence; the Best Use of British Timber Award and the prestigious Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Design Prize for the piece in the exhibition regarded as the finest design on exhibition.

A must see event for all who appreciate and may wish to own a contemporary piece of furniture or jewllery encompassing all that is best in British design and making.

UPDATE 22/8/13.  Makers' Eye designer Tony Portus wins prestigious 'Best Design in Show' award, and is also Highly Commended in the 'Best Use of British Timber' awards for his solid sycamore 'Eleveta' shelves.  Designed, as he says, ' to display beautiful things, beautifully!'

 

 

 

 

Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers at the Cube Gallery

Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers at the Cube Gallery

15th-25th May 2013 | Cube Gallery 113-115 Portland Street MANCHESTER M1 6DW | map

Makers' Eye member Philip Dobbins is exhibiting three superb examples of his work with the Northern Furniture makers at the progressive Cube Gallery in Manchester.

The Etageres shelves, Mosaic table and gorgeous Chestnut bench demonstrate his great range , meticulous design and immaculate craftsmanship. A rare chance to see, touch and experience such wonderful pieces in a great environment.

MAKERS is the only contemporary design craft exhibition in the North that is dedicated to the highest quality items for interiors. It is welcomed by design-orientated thinkers who will now be able to access design of the highest calibre on their own turf.

Imaginative Furniture, Glassware, Ceramics, Metalwork, Soft furnishings, Lighting and Wall Installations that embody an uncompromising quest for beauty as well as function for your own place or your clients space.

A chance to see, buy, collect or commission the highest quality interiors products from skilled craftspeople creating unique innovations made to a level that few other countries can replicate.

Also, experience a large collection of contemporary fine furniture, the latest work by members of the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers, professional designer-makers, all based in the North, who aim to support each other and celebrate the excellence of 21st Century design.

Kevin Stamper. New work at Artifex Gallery

Kevin Stamper. New work at Artifex Gallery

Throughout May 2013 | Artifex Gallery Weeford Road. Sutton Coldfield B75 6NA 0121 323 3776 | map

Artifex Gallery are currently holding an exhibition of recent work by Kevin Stamper. His artistic inspiration for many of the exhibits come from natural scenes, man-made environments and architecture to create bold and striking pieces of furniture, using the reflective quality of wood grain to suggest scenes and images experienced whilst travelling.

Kevin works both in natural timbers and stained veneers, using colour to add an extra dimension to many of his designs. His work has a clean, uncluttered line and relies on an exact and precise level of craftsmanship to realise an individual and dramatic vision.

Comprehenisve, fascinating, and featuring award winning pieces, Kevin's work is beautifully displayed in Artifex's dedicated furniture gallery where for over twenty years they have been presenting Britain's best handmade furniture

Festival of Silver with the Furniture Makers

Tue 9th April- Saturday 13th April 2013 | Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5AD. 020 7566 7650

You are very welcome to visit this exciting new venture between the Festival of Silver and the Furniture Makers.
This selling exhibition features the work of several Makers' Eye designers including The Barnsley Workshop; Martin Grierson; John Makepeace; Daniel Lacey; Tony Portus; Richard Williams; Simon Yates.
These beautiful pieces of work complement the fabulous creations of 50 of Britain's top silversmiths, all in a stunning display at the Goldsmiths' terrific gallery in the heart of Clerkenwell.

LAST TWO DAYS! Friday 12th 10.30 -17.00 Saturday 13th 10.30- 16.00

We hope to see you there!

Angus Ross stars in Walpole's 'Crafted Showcase'

April 4-6 2013 | Somerset House (West Wing)

In celebration of British Craftsmanship, Walpole and Vacheron Constantin bring together a collection of 20 of the most talented and pioneering artisans for the inaugural"CRAFTED- MAKERS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL' showcase, open to the public in Somerset House's West Wing.
Dedicated to preserving the skill and passion of artistic craft, the event will elevate the time honoured expertise, intimate knowledge and captivating interactions between art, design and skill of the hand.

Angus Ross was last year selected to feature amongst this elite group he being in the vanguard of designers and makers who exhibit exceptional design talent; a dedication to craft making of the highest standard and a resolve to make work and run his business based on a creatively sustainable model.

His work is beautiful, fresh and stimulating, and Angus rightly deserves to be considered as one of our most exciting talents.

Angus will be showing his Frame Rocker in ash in order to draw attention to this native hardwood currently under threat from Ash Die Back Disease - some experts estimate we will lose 90% of this common native tree in the next twenty years.






Rolls-Royce 'Strive for Perfection'

Rolls-Royce 'Strive for Perfection'

25 March 2013

'Strive for Perfection'. An exhibition to honour both the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, and the 10th year of BMW's ownership of Rolls-Royce motor cars.

Opens on 21.03 2013 for twelve months at the iconic BMW museum in Munich.

Makers' Eye are delighted to be selected by Rolls- Royce motor cars as an exhibiting partner in "Strive for Perfection'. an exhibition to recognise the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, and the 10th year of BMW's ownership of the worlds greatest luxury brand.

Featuring classic Rolls-Royce cars from 1904 to the current day, this fantastic exhibition also features the finest British handmade designs from the workshops of our greatest contemporary designers and craftspeople, drawing comparison with the design and craftsmanship found in every Rolls- Royce car Within this selection Makers' Eye are honoured, at Rolls-Royce's request, to select the very best of contemporary furniture, designed and made by the great designers that we represent.

With all pieces having being displayed in eye level glass cabinets, beautifully designed by Rolls-Royce, we selected a range of exquisite work, some of which were made specifically for the exhibition.   These comprise seven pieces, listed here:

Jewellery box in ripple sycamore by the Barnsley workshop. 

Cigar humidor designed and made by Simon Jewell.

Miniature chest of eight drawers, by Robert Ingham

'Cube of Cubes'- a chest of three secret drawers by Matthew Burt.

Watch box in Macassar ebony and leather. Brooks Handley.

'Sphelix'. A geometrically sculptural piece created by Johnny Hawkes.

Maquette. A one eighth scale preparatory model of the Beam cabinet, by Tony Portus

See all the work on these pages

http://makerseye.co.,uk/bespoke-furniture/special-collections/rolls-royce-collection/

 

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