Peter Marigold

Dodai, 2012
Peter Marigold’s “Dodai” benches were created for an exhibition with the theme ‘Simple Vision’ coordinated by Japan Creative, shown at the Milan Salone di Mobili, 2012. They were realised by the respected Japanese furniture company Hinoki Kogei following visits to their factory in Japan.

The benches are created from a log split into two pieces and set opposing each other. This is similar to Marigold’s ‘Palindrome’ work and also echoes the ‘Split’ series that he has worked on for some time. The covering is created from woven grass (igusa) and wooden rods. This can be rolled back so that the interior space can be used for storage. It is held in place with coloured elastic chord stretched over dark hardwood turned knobs. The wood used is ‘hiba’, a type of Japanese Cypress. Both the igusa and hiba have fantastic natural odours. In fact, at the first exhibition of the piece the ‘igusa’ grass surface was still fresh, and the show was full of the incredible natural aroma.

Bleed, 2014
Peter Marigold’s most recent design project ‘Bleed’ is a series of contemporary cedar wood cabinets. Although simple forms, the surface patina is painterly and complex and incorporates a form of ‘localised ebonising’ created through an entirely innovative process. On the cabinets the strategically placed steel hardware is stripped of its protective zinc coating using acid, which reacts overtime with the tannin in the cedar. This produces an intricate bleeding pattern on the wood that in turn emphasises and adds to the warm tones and natural grain of the organic material.

In 2004 Marigold joined the M.A. Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, London under esteemed designer Ron Arad. He was awarded an Esmee Fairbairn bursary following his graduate exhibition at the Design Museum, London and his show with the British Council as one of the ‘Great Brits’ at the Milan Furniture Fair 2007 was followed by an invitation to create an entire installation for Paul Smith in Milan and then further work with Paul Smith in London. Working with both galleries and manufacturers, Marigold’s work continues to be exhibited in the UK and abroad, including the Pavilion of Art Design, London; Milan Furniture Fair, Italy; Design Miami, USA; Stavanger 2008, Norway; and MoMA and Moss New York. In 2009 he was awarded one of the four ‘Designer of the Future’ awards by Design Miami, followed by a significant installation at Art Basel. Recently Marigold has shown at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and Design Museum Holon, Israel.