John Makepeace (b.1939) is a British Furniture Designer.
He studied at Denstone College, Staffordshire, under Keith Cooper.
He started designing furniture in 1961. In 1964, he set up a workshop in Farnsborough Barn, Banbury, moving in 1976 to Parnham House in Dorset. He established the Parnham Trust and School for Craftsmen in Wood in 1977. In 1989, he started training students in product design and development and to use wood thinning, a waste product. One of the early students was Viscount Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Makepeace ceased running the Trust in 2000 when it moved to the new campus at Hooke Park under a new director who handed the premises over to the Architectural Association, the international school of architecture, for their practical modules.
In 2004 John received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Furniture Society, and in 2010 from the Furniture Makers Company. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth (2009) and Hereford College of Arts (2013).
“That variety makes wood a wonderful medium for individual craftsmanship. Long established skills enable us to utilise its special properties, and its potential is evolving as we research new possibilities.”
He was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2016.
In 2017, in celebration of the forty years since the launch of Parnham College, ‘Beyond Parnham’ was published. This tells the story of the College and Hooke Park, and 100 alumni reflect on their careers.
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