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3D Abstract Billboard at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Billboards were used to navigate the visitors to exhibitions, events and installations.

Handcrafted Square Glass Tiles

Measuring a width of 3.3m and height of 2.4m

Each tile was programmed through the CAD software and was generously lit from within through strip lights.

Perspectives

Standing over Winterfold’s Surrey Hill

Perspectives is another installation listed at Surface Design Awards.

Engravings of love messages, initials, poetry and other kinds of memories over cedar shingles

The pavilion consists of a steel framework that holds together the manually adjusted cedar shingles. When closed, the shingles form a shelter; the opening of the shingles on the other hand offers a spectacular view of the South Downs.

The purpose of the installation was to have the viewer bask in the calmness that the woods offer and contemplate over messages engraved on these lovely wooden organic cedar shingles.

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Showcase 03 Apr 2017

Billboards & Perspectives by The Giles Miller Studio

Billboards and Perspectives, two projects by The Giles Miller Studio, were nominated at the Surface Design Awards 2017. While innovative surfaces, sculptural and material design take the form of most of their creations, the Studio gracefully transforms surfaces into inspiring narratives that emphasize their relationship with light, reflection and texture.

The Giles Miller, a London-based design atelier specialises in interior design and inspiring surface designs. Miller works with contemporary surface materials and intriguing patterns formed by  reflections of light in varying angles. Also specialising in the advancement of three dimensional surface and sculptural design, the Studio pays close attention to light, texture, reflection, and shadow and a considerable play of these elements to create interesting installations and artworks.

While his Studio has enough to talk about, Giles Miller’s resume could surprise you. What actually began as an interest in design towards integrated boat interiors resulted in a career, he thought little about. Effective boat interior designs with creative storage solutions within confined spaces is what impulsed an interest in designing spaces in him.

Recognising the use of ingenious surfaces and progressive design, two installations were chosen to represent Giles Miller at the Surface Design Awards 2017, namely, ‘Billboards’ and ‘Perspectives’.

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Giles Miller Studio in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile showcased 3D abstract Billboards at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. With the intention to navigate visitors to the program that encapsulated exhibitions, events and installations, a total of four billboards were introduced to have the visitors explore each aspect of the fair.

3D Abstract Billboard at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Billboards were used to navigate the visitors to exhibitions, events and installations.

The four structures are seen engaged with over 8,000 square glass tiles, each of which was hand crafted and assembled together in directional patterns, creating a swoosh and steering the way to the exhibition. Displayed across a multitude of vivid metallic and matte colours, the tiles overlap each other adopting a scale like composition. The overlapping of the tiles therefore produces a sense of movement and depth. Additionally, to make sure the billboards run all hours of the day, each tile was programmed through the CAD software and was generously lit from within through strip lights.

Handcrafted Square Glass Tiles

Measuring a width of 3.3m and height of 2.4m

Each tile was programmed through the CAD software and was generously lit from within through strip lights.

Measuring a width of 3.3m and height of 2.4m, the four billboards were seen located at Kingsway Place, Clerkenwell Road, and Clerkenwell Close. Also representing sculptural artworks the Miller Studio is best known for, Giles Miller goes on to explain, “[...] These huge glass sculptures will be an intriguing showcase for British Ceramic Tile’s products as well as a wonderful expression of our studio’s creative freedom”.

Authorised by Surrey Hills Arts and Mittal Foundation, ‘Perspectives’ is another installation listed at Surface Design Awards this year. It also happens to be Giles Miller Studio’s first permanent sculptural architecture piece. Standing over Winterfold’s Surrey Hill, a favourite amongst mountain bikers, is an organic pavilion shelter that is seen surfaced with organic cedar shingles.

Perspectives

Standing over Winterfold’s Surrey Hill

Perspectives is another installation listed at Surface Design Awards.

With an eye for detail, Miller was inspired by messages and words carved by people over benches, trees and other such public spaces. Collating love messages, initials, poetry, messages of other kinds and an array of memories from residents, schools and contributors, Miller had these messages engraved over the surface of each cedar shingle. Interestingly, these shingles that are seen consumed in message engravings appear to throw themselves towards the world as a metaphor voicing the sentiments to the world.

Engravings of love messages, initials, poetry and other kinds of memories over cedar shingles

The purpose of the installation was to have the viewer bask in the calmness that the woods offer and contemplate over messages engraved on these lovely wooden organic cedar shingles.

The pavilion consists of a steel framework that holds together the manually adjusted cedar shingles. When closed, the shingles form a shelter; the opening of the shingles on the other hand offers a spectacular view of the South Downs. Grounding its roots to the woods, Miller intends for the shingles to age naturally and even whiten over a period of time.

The pavilion consists of a steel framework that holds together the manually adjusted cedar shingles. When closed, the shingles form a shelter; the opening of the shingles on the other hand offers a spectacular view of the South Downs.

The purpose of the installation was to have the viewer bask in the calmness that the woods offer and contemplate over messages engraved on these lovely wooden organic cedar shingles.

Miller’s outdoor pavilion could literally be translated to a capsule of memories that marry unseen stories with the wilderness it dwells in, to the heart of every being that consumes the experience.

The only host to interior and exterior surface awards in the UK, Surface Design Awards was launched in 2013. To know more about the awards, click here.