Gareth Neal

Gareth Neal’s practice seeks a reconsideration of contemporary furniture design, questioning our perceptions of history and the contemporary, the material and immaterial. The work is positioned at an intersecting point between art, design and craft, evading any simple categorisation into a specific discipline. This innovative approach provides a critical framework for his ideas as the designs develop into new and diverse territory. He combines the technical modes of 3D computer drawing and CNC processes, with the intricacy of professional craftsmanship, to create his sculptural pieces.

Neal graduated from Buckinghamshire University in 1996 with a BA Honours in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship. His work has received critical acclaim and has featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally. Neal has pieces in the public collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Crafts Council, UK; and Manchester Metropolitan, UK. His work was exhibited in ‘Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design’ at the Museum of Arts and Design, USA; Telling Tales’ and ‘Power of Making’ at Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; and ‘The State of Things’ at The Design Museum Holon, Israel.