When I was around 6 years old my grandfather Barney Broom – the third generation in the line of family boat builders ‘Broom Boats‘, Britain’s oldest boatbuilder – taught me how to use my hands to make small boats and I have been making things ever since.
Working for several years as a cabinetmaker making bespoke luxury furniture for private and commercial clients, I became interested in the relationship between furniture and art and started to explore my artistic passion for the creation of unique sculptural pieces.
I believe that:
– Form is as important as function. This has often been ignored due to the primacy of manufacture over design.
– Uniqueness should be embraced as a reaction to mass production’s ubiquity.
– Styles and trends should be avoided.
– The boundaries between design, craft and art should be destroyed.
I feel that this is best achieved by using the highest quality materials and craft techniques; experimenting extensively; producing work that gets better with age and use; and constantly testing assumptions about what furniture and art should be.