Raw Craft presents furniture characterised by an honest, intelligent and logical approach to making. A tangible materiality is evident in the look and feel of the works. The furniture displayed reveals a subtle originality in the way that skills and resources are employed, imbued with simplicity and a high quality of finish.
All seven designers use modest materials and a hands-on approach to prototyping and making. They reject excess, and employ the self-empowering values of traditional workshop culture. Working in an age of austerity, their work is rich in creativity and intelligence.
Raw Craft is produced by the Crafts Council with Brent Dzekciorius and Michael Marriott as curatorial advisors.
Brent Dzekciorius is Director of Retail Operations at Phillips de Pury & Company, and was appointed as a Crafts Council Acquisition Advisor in 2011. He is a former director of Johnson Trading Gallery and Moss Gallery, New York, and maintains his own art and design production company DZEK.
Michael Marriott is a designer. He trained in furniture design at the London College of Furniture and the Royal College of Art. He now works on a wide range of projects and collaborations that span exhibition design, curating, writing, product and furniture design, and installation. He was appointed as a Crafts Council Acquisition Advisor in 2011.