Ones to watch: Hugh Miller

We were recently introduced to Hugh Miller's work through Design-Nation. Hugh is a new member of the organisation and will be showcasing his work at the Design-Nation: Marks & Tools exhibition this May as part of London Craft Week.

We were instantly drawn to the clean form and elegant silhouette of his understated furniture. Below is his Coffee Cart no. 1 and Dining Chair no. 7 which will both be on display at the showcase. 


Above: Coffee Cart no. 1, detail. 

Hugh's work is based on a set of design principles, developed during his Churchill Research Fellowship to Japan in 2015. Made in English elm, brass, and Japanese Bamboo, the designs explore contrasts: between texture and smoothness; between hidden and visible; between plane and lath; and between lightness and solidity.

Above: Dining Chair no. 7, detail. 

The exhibition is themed around the marks and tools of the maker and how these translate into different disciplines - as it will showcase works across Glass, Textiles, Ceramics, Furniture and Installation Art. We really enjoy the way which Hugh has left the raw carving marks in Dining Chair no. 7, leaving the marks of the makers in plain sight. 

Really excited for the Marks & Tools exhibition, and can't wait to see Hugh's work in the flesh. More information can be found on the Design-Nation website, and