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Scratching the surface – an interview with Giles Miller by Arianna Interiors

We’ve recently begun reaching out to talented design bloggers in the US and UK and have been asking them to contribute to Modenus Blog. It’s fun for us to review articles and we feel we’re adding a fresh spin on things when we allow other voices onto our platform and let’s face it, we know we’re pretty cute and funny but we don’t want you to get bored with us.

So without much further ado we give you Arianna of Arianna Interiors in London who has submitted an interview with one of our favourites on Modenus Blog and in the Modenus catalog.

One To Watch: Giles Miller

I am very excited today to have the one and only Giles Miller featuring on ‘one to watch’. I have been a fan of his work for quite sometime and always intrigued by his designs as he creates such authentic and unique surfaces. It is no surprise Giles is getting recognised for his work through numerous awards.

It’s an honour to have this innovative and refreshing designer here today with us where we can get to know him a little bit better! Here are a few Question Giles took the time to answer.
When did you realise you had a passion for design?
Growing up I was constantly deconstructing pens and investigating objects so the clues were all there. However, I didn’t realise design was to form a part of my future until flunking out of a business management course and hurriedly finding a furniture course at Loughborough University.  A combination of inspirational peers and tutors catalysed my real passion for design and it began there.
Where do you inspirations come from?
As much as I’d like to outline a magic formula for creativity, I think its all rather subconscious. It also is true to say that my particular practice works very much as a constant stream of development rather than a fountain of diverse new concepts. From playing around with cardboard over the last few years I was eventually asked to produce a wall covering for Stella McCartney, and now this application for my work has become the primary focus with the launch of ‘Giles Miller Surfaces’. New products are developments and breakdowns of old ones for me.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Rather than a particular project, there was a time over the recent summer when I was also with work and had just given up my (2 day a week) day job as it were. I believed bleak times were ahead but suddenly 3 new commissions came along like London buses, and before I knew it I was working on new projects for Stella McCartney, as well as commissions for Bombay Sapphire and Selfridges.  That all happened within a fortnight…. great times!
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
As I mentioned I have just launched a surfaces venture, so my hopes lies within that particular sector of my work. It’s looking promising for the move in the first stages, and so in 5 years time I would hope to have spread internationally. Who knows maybe even a studio in the far east, although perhaps that’s more of a 10 year plan!?
What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
Since the Shanghai Expo this year I have been consistently praising the work of Thomas Heatherwick’s Studio. They represented British creativity at a level of which we can all be proud with their stunning design for the British Pavilion. For one of his first installations at Harvey Nichols back in 1997 (when he was my age) he created an inspirational faceted form that flowed through the store windows and out onto the street. It’s worth a look everyone!
In five words how would you describe yourself ?
Impatiently aspirational, selfish yet considerate.
What 5 things couldn’t you live with out?
My family, my work, breakfast, pubs and Sarah-Jane.

A big thank you to Giles Miller for giving us some insight into his world. I cannot wait to see more projects from this talented young man!

Arianna in her own words:

I studied art at a young age, have a Diploma in Art & Design, a Degree in Business and have studied Interior Design.I Have worked for some very well known high end interior designers which has been an amazing experience. Last year I got married to my gorgeous husband and decided to have a break from my job and do it alone. I also took the opportunity to start my own blog which I have been thinking about doing for quite some time.

I have never looked back and have recently been voted on Mydeco Design Democracy Blog Awards as ‘Best Newcomer’. Each comment, email, tweet I receive gives me so much joy that I am so happy to share my inspirations with such amazing people that come and visit me.


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