I first became enamoured with the designs of Giles Miller’s Studio when MKV design used his work for the bar of Smith and Whistle. Since becoming aware of his work I now instantly recognise it. The studio has been operating for five years, since the founder Giles Miller graduated from London’s Royal College of Art.
Material Lab included Giles Miller studio at Decorex 2015 where it was the perfect addition. Fourteen of the finest luxury surface design studios were brought together in one unique monochrome installation, from printed leather hide, gilded glass and high end metal effect finishes, to engineered stone, chalk and charcoal textures. Seeing Giles Miller Studio in this context allowed you to really appreciate the craftsmanship and the mesmerising, glossy, shine of the geometric faceted tiles by getting up close to the material.
The studio prides itself on the ability to deliver a diverse range of surface solutions that marry architecture with beautiful interior finish through inspiring surface development. Focussing on creating innovative surfaces, the tiled surfaces they create are specially designed to manipulate light and shade to illustrate pattern and texture and can also form any image. They recently completed one of their most opulent and extravagant projects, a thirty-metre long ceramic installation on the Champs-Elysees for Le Lido. Geometric gradients were combined with bold graphics and the high-gloss golden tile is angled facing in different directions so that the pattern work is shown purely through the light and movement surrounding the wall. Tourists and visitors to the club have long posed in front of the entrance for photographs, and the new wall creates a truly striking and memorable backdrop.
Giles Miller Studio is located in Hoxton, in the heart of London’s creative East end. All projects are designed in-house with the vast majority being manufactured in the United Kingdom and completed by hand in their studio. The tiles for Le Lido were painstakingly assembled by hand in the studio space where teams of artists manipulated each individual piece to create this large scale composition, and generate the imagery within the surface.
I’m excited for the future of this design house. They recently created a triangular tile shape for the backdrop of world-renowned watch makers Omega’s 2015 campaign across China. They also won breakthrough talent of the year at the FX awards on the 25th November 2015. It seems that they are being presented with ever more eminent opportunities and it will be interesting to watch how far they can go.