Giles Miller Surfaces
Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Giles Miller Studio has created the entrance to Clerkenwell Design Week in the form of a timber archway made up of 20,000 angled wooden pixels. The archway sits inside the original concrete arches of the Farmiloe building, a 150 year old warehouse that has become the hub of the Clerkenwell Design Week.

The Clerkenwell Archway has been built from thousands of hexagonal pieces of laser-cut timber, set on wedges and angled to give differing shades and create light-based pixelation. The surface has been manipulated to show classic architectural detail and reference the original detail of the building, but also to show a contrasting geometric pattern in the centre of the installation. Each of the pixels has been hand-stuck to their individual 20 degree wedge, and then stuck in turn to the walnut veneered surface.

The concept of pixelating the reflection of light has become the main focus of Giles Miller Studio, which strives to develop new surface finishes that incorporate not only texture and depth, but also the ability to represent graphics, pattern or any image that a client might request. The studio also used their own in-house laser-cutting facility, to cut the walnut-veneered material, which was supplied by UV Group veneers, one of the world's leading veneer suppliers who are based in East London.

London-based design practice Giles Miller Studio develops a range of innovative surface materials for use in interior and retail design projects. The studio is based in Spitalfields and uses the medium of pixelated light reflection to generate imagery and graphics to suit individual projects and client requests.

Giles Miller is a platform for the development and production of innovative surface finishes and materials for interior and architectural specification by Giles Miller Studio. The techniques used allow for personalisation and bespoke imagery to be integrated into the surfaces of the materials that the studio creates. This gives rise to a more subtle, personal and original product. By manipulating the surfaces in each product to reflect light in varied degrees, Giles Miller can incorporate imagery with a level of intrigue and subtlety that cannot be achieved by using traditional colour alone.

The archway, which was originally intended to sit outside in the external corridor of the Farmiloe Building, but now acts as a second layer to the buildings internal archway and functions as the entrance to the event, which saw around 25,000 visitors over the three day event. This is the second year running that the studio has created an installation using angled surface pixelation for the event; last year's bright yellow tiled bar-front was situated in the old garage on Clerkenwell Road.

Giles Miller studio has now been nominated for this project in the Surface Design Awards, held in February in association with the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in London.

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