Meet The Designer: Miles Dexter
The Warehouse Home team love supporting and collaborating with the passionate, interesting and innovative designers behind our Capsule Collections. In our new series of interview posts, we meet each of the designers involved in our exclusive collaborations and learn more about the inspirations and processes behind their projects. This week, Warehouse Home interviews Miles Dexter, a contemporary furniture and product designer based in Sheffield, UK.
We were delighted to work with Miles Dexter for the second Warehouse Home design collection and are not surprised that the exclusive rope and brass mirror he designed for us has been proving so popular.
Where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I’m really interested in materials, processes, and techniques which are the things that initially drive a new product.
Tell us about your design process? Which is your favourite stage of that process?
From finding an interesting material, or technique, ideas of what could be done with them start to form, I visualise a lot in the early stages, then I do some rough sketches, just get them out of my head, things develop from there, sometimes I make small scale models, which is very enjoyable, I even model some things in Rhino 3D modelling software towards the end. It’s very satisfying to see a finished product all finished and ready to be photographed. Sometimes I need to find people who are skilled in areas which I’m not, and when you find that person who has exceptional skills that is also a very satisfying moment, there is nothing like watching a skilled craftsperson doing what they do best!
What do you enjoy most about being a designer / designer-maker?
The best thing about being a designer/maker is the freedom, both creatively and practically.
What achievements or projects are you most proud of and why?
I’m still really proud of getting my degree in Furniture & Product Design, I studied as a mature student and never thought I would ever go to university, I was 41 years old when I graduated, it was very satisfying, and gave me a new lease of life and was the start of this new journey I had chosen.
Tell us about your design collaboration with Warehouse Home?
I was contacted by Sophie from MWH who really liked one of my existing products, the CR Mirror, we decided it would good to do a variation of this popular product exclusively for MWH. I drew up some sketches of 2 or 3 different designs, and between us we decided to go with the variation which is now exclusively available on the MWH website.
What’s coming next? Can you tell us what you’re currently working on? And what are your trend predictions for 2016?
At the moment I’m in the early stages of some new pieces for 2016, a table light, hand thrown ceramic pendants, and possibly a lounge chair, but it’s early days and we’ll see where we are at by the summer, just keep your eyes peeled for some good things! As for trends, I’ll be honest, I don’t follow them much, if you have a good product, it will last, and be appreciated when many trends have been and gone.
The Rope and Brass Mirror by Miles Dexter is available from the Warehouse Home Shop.
If you enjoyed our interview with Miles Dexter, you might also like to read our recent Meet The Designer Profile with Beatrice Bless from London’s New North Press.
The latest Warehouse Home design collection was unveiled in Warehouse Home Issue Three. You can read the issue in full here or in the reader below:
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