Research Output per year
Gareth Neal is a furniture designer, craftsman and educator. His furniture design practice was established in 2002 and has since gained international recognition. His practice-led research questions perceptions of history and the contemporary, the material and immaterial, and joins debates on digital fabrication and sustainable making practices.
Gareth Neal's list of clients, sponsors and associates include: Zaha Hadid, Glenlivet, Vauxhall Motors; Global material manufactures LG; Aesops; The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Arts Council; The Crafts Council; SCP; Heals; Case; The Newcrafstman; Sotheby’s; Bonham’s;
Through his joint role as a senior lecturer on Design and Craft, his practice-based research investigates the intersecting point between art, design and craft, evading any simple categorisation into a specific discipline. This innovative approach provides a critical framework for his research, through combining 3D computer drawing and CNC processes, with the intricacy of professional craftsmanship. The designs question traditional practice and develop new and diverse territory.
His work has received international critical acclaim and has featured in numerous, publications, public collections, and exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally. Neal’s selected exhibitions include ‘Telling Tales’ and ‘The power of Making’ at Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Against the Grain’ Museum of art and Design New York; Out of Hand ‘Post modernising the digital’ The Power house Sydney, Australia. ‘The State of Things’ at The Design Museum, Holon, Israel. ‘Hand Work’ Traditional skills in the digital age, Vienna, Austria. The International Hokuriku Kogei Awards, Toyama, Japan.
Bachelor, Brunel University
9 Jan 1993 → 6 Jan 1996
- NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Research output: Contribution to conference › Other
The Making of 'Hack Chair' This short film contributes to the dissemination of the Hack Chair project and the thoughts, processes, and relationships between digital manufacturing and traditional carving techniquesNeal, G., 28 Feb 2019
Research output: Non-textual output › Digital or Visual Products
Research output: Non-textual output › Artefact
SCP x Folk x Gareth Neal: The project seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of cyclic manufacturing and the potential of sharing materials and the need for greater permanence in what we produce. made from surplus fabric from the fashion industry and collaboration of a specialist upholstery factory in Norfolk.Neal, G., 18 Sep 2018
Research output: Other contribution
Activities per year
Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk