Maker's story

Gareth Neal is an East London-based furniture designer who, through material inventiveness and curiosity, has helped to shape a new era in contemporary British craft. Gareth is passionate about honouring people, process and place, working collaboratively to champion the use of indigenous materials and traditional processes. Gareth’s studio produces a variety of furniture pieces including seating, cabinetry and sculptural artworks, all with a focus on sustainability and respect to the environment.


Gareth Neal has created numerous pieces for The New Craftsmen, including the Brodgar Chair. Inspired by the Orkney chair, a traditional piece from North East Scotland, the Brodgar is an exploration of materiality and unique processes of the British Isles. Gareth is committed to using contemporary design to elevate heritage craft skills and finds beauty in the simplicity of detail. These authentic skills, and forms of the English vernacular, are evident throughout all areas of his practice.


Explore a collection of seating designed by Gareth Neal and produced in collaboration with straw weaver Kevin Gauld.