I’d love to have a friend who also happened to be a furniture maker; someone I could share a pint with as I casually pulled out some quick sketches of a table or a chair or some shelving from my bag, pieces I’d been dreaming of but couldn’t make myself. If Alex White wasn’t so busy winning awards for innovative furniture pieces, doing private commissions and making pubic art he could be that friend. I guess that pint and my dreams will have to wait.
White opened his own studio in 2013, 3 years after studying 3-D design at Falmouth University in Cornwall, but not before being mentored for 2 years by furniture artist Fred Baier and later Paul Cocksedge. Now, let me be honest here; neither of these names meant anything to me until today but if you’re into art furniture or cutting edge design respectively pleeeeeaaaase check out these 2 makers while you’re here. I’ll be featuring Paul Cocksedge in a future post.
Tradition and technique with innovation are important to White. He says “I love the old ways, but I don’t rely on them. It’s important to keep pushing the boundaries”. He sets materials like perspex against wood that’s built in a traditional Japanese method (without the use of screws or glue), giving it a contemporary aesthetic. And who knew you could crimp boring old steel tube as he does in his “Kinky” series. He’s best known for his Monroe chair though, which, as you might have guessed was inspired by the dress of a certain hollywood actress. Check out his website for sure.