Peter Marigold


Peter Marigold first worked with Hinoki Kogei in 2012 for the Japan Creative project at Salone di Mobili, which brought together Western designers and Japanese craft artisans. Mr Chuzo Tozawa proposed that they use gigantic split logs, to form the sides of the Dodai bench. The partnership has continued to use this process for wall cabinets, giving a frontal focus to this dramatic cleaving action.

Marigold’s Bleed cabinets are 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.

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