John Makepeace OBE was awarded the Prince Philip Designer Prize 2016, in recognition of his contribution to design through his own design practice, the college he established at Parnham House in Dorset, and the research and development of sustainable timber utilisation and building systems for the Trust’s forest campus at Hooke Park.
Early professional recognition led to his being appointed a consultant to All India Handicrafts Board, a founding Member of the Crafts Council and a Trustee of the V & A. In addition to his many private clients, commissions for Plymouth University, Templeton and Keble College, Oxford, Liberty’s, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds City Galleries, The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, the V & A, London, the Museum fur Kunsthanwerk, Frankfurt, the Art Institute, Chicago, and the Banque General du Luxembourg have followed.
John specialises in the design of furniture and interiors for mainly private clients from his home and studio in Beaminster, West Dorset. In adjacent seasoning sheds, extraordinary trees of indigenous timer are seasoning in preparation for future commissions. He compares his role to that of the composer and conductor working with instrumentalists, the craftsmen he has worked with for many years.
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