Alexander White

London-born and raised in South West of France, furnisher maker and designer Alexander White returned to England to study 3D Design at Falmouth University in Cornwall, graduating 2010. Following graduation, Alexander worked with various prestigious artists and designers, including Fred Baier and Paul Cocksedge, before opening his own Hackney-based studio, A White Workshop, in 2013. His award-winning work ranges from private commissions to public artwork, and commercial products. Alexander’s hands on approach to design combined with his compassion for traditional crafts and his curiosity for the latest technology renders his work relevant and original whilst having the appeal and depth of the hand-built. The aesthetic quality of his work is purely derived from his unique approach and interpretation of manufacturing processes.

Maker & Designer

Alexander White

London

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THE PROCESS

Due to his rural upbringing and early training, Alexander is most comfortable working with wood. However, he constantly experiments with other mediums and unconventional materials, combining them with wood to push its aptitude and potential. To Alexander, craft is a means to an end; a unique method for creating a hand-crafted work of art with inherent character and soul, as well as function. His pieces make a visual statement but remain inherently useful, and it is perhaps Alexander's curiosity for the latest technology which spurs his unique approach and interpretation of manufacturing processes.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

The power to create new and captivating objects, which I hope will embellish people’s homes and lives, in turn inspiring them to thrive and think creatively. I am always learning and improving as I go, and enjoy the challenge of setting myself goals, which are slightly beyond my capabilities at that time.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

I’m inspired by ideas and processes that enable me to create functional objects in unconventional ways. All of my pieces aim to use a given process to eloquently draw physical lines or planes within space.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

My intention is to unite artistic concepts and functionality through the medium of craft. Both function and artistic integrity are intertwined, resulting, I hope, in an object that is as beautiful as it is useful.

I regard craft as a means to an end, obviously I aim to make things as best I can but the dominating thread in my work isn't so much the technique as it is the intention - using any which method best suited to the challenge at hand, ranging from digital manufacturing through to brute force.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

I have a few differing highlights, which I'm somewhat proud of: working with Heal's to launch a successful mass-produced range of wooden furniture of my own. Having the opportunity to create some street furniture for my local council in London. Being approached by a couple of craft-based businesses at the top of their game to refurbish their shops in Mayfair. And most lately, joining The New Craftsmen family with the launch of my Michael Cane light.

5. What is your dream project?

I love the symbolic idea of designing a bridge.

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