John Makepeace

As a designer and a maker, I am constantly searching for more eloquent concepts for furniture,” says John Makepeace. “My objective is to achieve freer, lighter, stronger, and more sculptural forms better suited to their function and more expressive of what is unique about each commission.

The gallery is delighted that John Makepeace, the godfather of British wood furniture design, has produced a series of unique, handcrafted chairs especially for the gallery; Trine Chair, 2017. Oak. W 45 x D 48 x H 80 cm. 


Makepeace gained respect as a furniture maker early on; in 1972 he became a founding member of the Crafts Council UK, and from 1987–91 was a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 1976, Makepeace set up the acclaimed Parnham College for furniture designers and in 1982 he initiated Hooke Park as a School for Woodland Industries and Forestry Management. He was awarded an OBE in 1988 for his services to furniture design and in 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Furniture Society. In 2012, his work was included in the major Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age. He is the Winner of the Prince Philip Designers Prize 2016.