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Gareth Neal

  • Cabinetmaker
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Gareth Neal Cabinetmaker
Contact
English
Hours:
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:30
Phone:
+44 7798672464
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Bridging two worlds

  • • Gareth has collaborated with designer Zaha Hadid
  • • One of his pieces is in the permanent collection of the V&A
  • • He made a throne to mark the 300th anniversary of the reign of George I

Within two years of graduating from Buckinghamshire University in 1996, Gareth Neal was exhibiting his furniture alongside work by luminaries Ron Arad, John Makepeace, Tom Dixon and Edmund de Waal. Having achieved rising star status, he was mentored by two significant British talents: Rupert Williamson and Fred Baier. It was the latter who encouraged him to explore the possibilities of combining traditional hand techniques with digital innovation. “My approach to digital technology and its relationship to craft is a specialist point of knowledge that allows me to push the possibilities of what can be done,” Gareth says. Since 2005, he has run his own progressive studio in East London, continuing his life of craft research.

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Works

  • © Gareth Neal Ltd
  • © Gareth Neal Ltd
  • © Gareth Neal Ltd
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  • © Gareth Neal Ltd
Photo: © Gareth Neal Ltd
Creepie

Creepie is the result of a collaboration between Gareth and The New Craftsmen. Gareth recently travelled to Orkney in Scotland to develop new products, giving a contemporary twist to iconic Orkney designs.

Width 32 cm
Length 64 cm
Depth 30 cm

Photo: © Gareth Neal Ltd
Anne Table

This table was inspired by the design of a traditional side table and chair produced during the Queen Anne period. Gareth designed a contemporary linear version of the table in American walnut, providing variations of light depending on the angle at which it is viewed. It was originally made by hand with a small bench saw to prove that digital fabrication tools are not always necessary. The Anne Table and matching chairs promote the craft and skills of the handmade in an ever-growing world of mass production.

Height 76 cm
Length 122 cm
Width 40 cm

Photo: © Gareth Neal Ltd
George

Inspired by a traditional 1780s George III commode, Gareth has reinterpreted the design for a contemporary audience. His latest edition of the George chest in ash is produced with a series of rectilinear cuts. The design has a rugged sophistication and the commode seems to emerge from a carved, fragmented block of wood. The design was achieved through the combination of a computer-controlled routing machine and hand-carving techniques, merging notions of history, traditional craft and contemporary design.

Height 81 cm
Length 109 cm
Width 51 cm

Photo: © Gareth Neal Ltd
Brodgar side table

This side table, part of the Brodgar Collection, is the result of a collaboration between The New Craftsmen, Gareth Neal and traditional Orkney chairmaker Kevin Gauld. Gareth recently travelled to Orkney in Scotland to develop the products with Kevin, giving a contemporary twist to iconic Orkney designs. The table can be made with or without the traditional drawer that is fitted underneath.

Height 56 cm
Width 46 cm

Photo: © Gareth Neal Ltd
Brodgar lounge chair

This chair, part of the Brodgar Collection, is the result of a collaboration between The New Craftsmen, Gareth Neal and traditional Orkney chairmaker Kevin Gauld. Gareth recently travelled to Orkney in Scotland to develop the products with Kevin, giving a contemporary twist to iconic Orkney designs. The chair can be made with or without the traditional drawer fitted beneath the seat.

Height 88 cm
Length 72 cm
Width 55 cm

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