Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Giles Grover
It’s hard to find a USP in today’s over saturated consumerscape but furniture maker Giles Grover has managed to do just that. “I’ve been designing and making for the past 20-30 years for my family and friends so none of this is new to me but what is new is the process of making a maquette first,” explains Grover who first crafts a 1/5 scale model of the commissioned piece so that the client can play around with it before he makes the full-sized version. “From there we can make those essential changes that optimise the design’s success.” It’s a no brainer. After all, how many of us have gone out/online and bought that ‘perfect’ thing only to get it home and start mentally redesigning it: ‘If only it were a bit more like this…’ ?
Meanwhile, back in Grover’s studio, he towers over a teeny-tiny sized console cabinet, its curves accentuated by a tambour front which provides an elegant solution to concealing the electrical deitrus of everyday life (“your Sky box set, your PS4”), and furniture designed to fit snugly within the recesses of a chimney breast. “I’ve been looking at ways you can manufacture furniture differently to what’s already out there,” says Grover who is all too aware of the need to stand out from the crowd. “Have you heard the saying ‘You can’t stick a square peg in a round hole’? Well I have.” It’s true. He has. Come see for yourself at Art in the Home.
Take the opportunity to view Giles’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019 at Kommune in Sheffield city centre. Art in the Home is a selling exhibition of Mid-Century design classics brought to you by Studio 2021 mixed with the very best of Sheffield’s furniture makers, ceramicists and fine artists.