Angus Ross

Born: 1963
Place of Birth: Edinburgh

Ross was born in Edinburgh in 1963, but grew up near Inverness. He returned to Edinburgh to study and graduated from Napier University in 1985.

He then moved to London where many of his designs were mass produced for brands such as Mothercare and Glaxo Smith Kline. After becoming disillusioned designing mass manufactured plastic products, and wanting to use his hands to make low volume, highly valued furniture and objects in wood. He retrained in practical furniture making at Rycotewood College, Oxfordshire graduating in 1992.

He is concerned with structure, function and sustainability and creates museum quality, delightfully functional modern furniture characterised by pure curvaceous lines. His practice is design led and rich in narrative. He combines the ancient technique of steam-bending with traditional cabinet making and more recently computer aided design, laser engraving and CNC cutting.

Exhibitions include: Collect, Saatchi Gallery London; Northern Lights, V&A, London; Makers of the Exceptional, Somerset House, London; Origin, Somerset House, London; Design Shanghai, SOFA Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and National Gallery of Scotland.

Public collections: V&A Dundee, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Awards include: Walpole Crafted, Scottish Arts Council, Arts and Business Award and nominated four times for TRADA Wood Awards best bespoke furniture design.

He is an Advisor to Craft Scotland Board and Mentor for the Crafts Council Hothouse programme, Design Champion for V&A Dundee, and licensee of Scottish Working Woods label.

Angus exhibited in our Wood exhibition, April 2019.


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