Gareth Neal’s design practice was established in 2002 and is currently located in the creative heart of East London, specialising in the design of unique pieces, both for industry and private clientele.
His designs address his own open-ended research question that investigates the space in-between design and craft with objects that explore both contemporary crafts-manship and digital manufacture and whether our human relationship with furniture is intrinsically and emotionally connected to methods of manufacture and the materials used within its construction.
His work has gained critical acclaim, featuring in numerous publications and exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally. Neal’s selected exhibitions include Telling Tales at Victoria and Albert Museum, Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London and The State of Things at The Design Museum, Holon, Israel and a solo exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
What makes your objects speak?
I believe current generations, have had little contact with handmade objects and struggle to appreciate and understand hand process, automatically believing all things are made by machines, also opportunities within the present educational system rarely provide a balanced learning platform between the hand and the mind.
New audiences require a more sophisticated way to engage in the process of making and my pieces intentionally show the hand of the maker to demonstrate the beauty behind the rough, the unfinished, the uneven and the asymmetrical. By creating hybrid vehicles my intention is to engage a new generation in a handmade emotionally robust aesthetic, through the conflation of traditional skills and digital technology.