Born in Solihull in 1983, I grew up close to Birmingham in a culturally evolving environment and was creatively influenced by all walks of life. I studied Art & Design at college before moving to London to pursue my studies further in furniture and product design at London’ former Guildhall and later at the UCCA (Rochester). During my time at University I worked for London based design manufacturers Established & Sons.
I enjoy experimenting and exploring with different machine based and hand crafted production methods utilising a variety of both high tech and low tech processes. I aim to design products which are simplistic in nature and which consumers can relate to on more than one level, often opting to simplify designs to the bear essential components needed to allow a product to function. I firmly believe that every single line, curve, material used and component of a product should be justifiable as part of the end product.
I appreciate paper as a key design tool and often consider it as a primary material. I've designed a series of products which utilised a variety of different sheet materials from lighting to shelving and furniture to cutlery including bespoke design pieces, all using paper in the modelling stages allowing me to get a feel for the end product. The two-dimensional qualities of paper allowed me to develop an understanding for waste material. Working with paper often makes me think more carefully about the way in which I utilise material to minimise waste and maximise product output.