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Philip Dobbins creates bespoke designer-made furniture; drawing inspiration from over thirty years’ skilled craftsmanship, he employs the finest of woods and complementary materials, and merges traditional techniques with contemporary design.

Alongside heritage furniture for collectors and exhibition, Philip undertakes commissioned work; interpreting the client’s taste and lifestyle, to design a piece that they will enjoy living with as much as he has enjoyed making it.  The commissioning process usually begins with a visit to the proposed location of a new piece, so that Philip routinely travels to clients around the country.

Philip’s work is regularly shown at the principal furniture exhibitions and galleries, from ‘Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design’ at Cheltenham, to ‘Antiques for the Future IV’ at Sotheby’s.

With a training in the traditional furniture craft skills, Philip still creates occasional copies of period pieces.

"My workshop experience has evolved from early years making exacting copies of the finest period furniture, through to the present, when I aim to be fully involved with the design and making of contemporary bespoke furniture, both to commission, and speculatively for galleries and exhibitions."

"Commission work allows me to interpret the client’s ideas at the highest level of craftsmanship. Speculative pieces allow me to develop my ideas of the continuing tradition of furniture design; informed by that tradition, rather than self-consciously innovative, I look to many periods of design for inspiration, and happily rework a concept that pleases me."

To quote the industry magazine of choice, I am apparently a 21st-century maverick with 18th-century values (Furniture & Cabinet making 2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Exhibitions             

2015-2016      Inspired,  Goldsmiths' Centre, London

2013                ContemporaryMakers, at The Cube, Manchester

2009-2015      21st Century Furniture, The Millinery Works Gallery, Islington

1993-2016     Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham          

2007-2011      NCFM atTennants, Leyburn

2009                 Making the Future, Portman Village, London

2009                 Antiques for the Future IV, Sotheby’s, London

2008                 NCFM at Whalley Bridge, Derbyshire

2008                 New Beginnings, SDC Gallery, London

2008                 Reception, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

2005/2008     Designer Crafts at The Mall (Society of Designer Craftsmen)   

2007                 Bespoke, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

2004                Art of Furniture, Artifex, Birmingham

2002                SOFA Exhibition, Chicago

1990                Furniture of Excellence, Wilmslow, Cheshire

 

Galleries                   

2016                  Craft Central, London (Select)         

2013-2014       Manchester Art Gallery

2012-2015       Dovetailors,  Leeds

2009-2011       Designer Makers, Harrogate

1998-2015       Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield      

2008-2015       Langton Green Gallery, Tunbridge Wells  

2006-2015      Hunter Gallery Suffolk         

2007-2008       Bespoke, Cheltenham         

2008                  Arcaz, Whalley Bridge

1997-2006       Artizana Gallery, Prestbury, Cheshire        

2003-2004       Centre for Contemporary Furniture, Cheltenham

 

Books 

2007               Bespoke, Source Book Of Furniture Designer Makers, Stobart
1990               British Craftsmanship In Wood, Betty Norbury, Stobart

 

Awards        

2009                 Shortlisted for The Wood Awards

 

    

Membership          

2006               Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers

2003               Designer Makers.Org.Uk

2004               Society of Designer Craftsmen

 
Press

2009                 Yorkshire Post     

2011                 Furniture & Cabinetmaking

2015                 Furniture Today