Photo: Tim Germain in Ipswich, East

Tim Germain

Artist, Maker

Concepts: I think I probably have to choose 'functionality' as my main concept as I am, first and foremost, a furniture designer/maker. I do also call myself an artist-craftsman and, while I'm only too happy to add decoration to my furniture, there comes a point where excessive decoration overshadows the basic design. That's why I admire the work of the Shakers- the complete lack of decoration forces the maker to use only proportion and balance as embellishment. Other influences that I will admit to include Mackintosh and the Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Weiner Werkstatte and Bauhaus Movements. Having said all that, I did live in Barcelona for 10 years and some of the Spanish love of colour seems to have rubbed off on me. I do, however, aim to limit the use of colour so that it enhances rather than obscures the simple lines I tend to prefer. Influences: nature, architecture, art deco, Spain Career path: On finishing my 2-year course at Suffolk College, I originally intended to get a job with a local maker to continue the learning process. The end-of-course show, however, brought me my first three clients so I decided to take the plunge and set up on my own. Fifteen years later, I'm now in a bigger workshop in the middle of the sticks on the Suffolk/Essex border, making everything from one-off pieces of furniture in solid local timbers to spiral staircases in birch ply, from polypropylene curvy shower cubicles to massive benches for school projects. To be honest, I don't really mind what I make.... as long as I can put my own stamp on it, both artistically and literally. read full statement

Location Ipswich, East
Activities Primary education, Secondary education, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms Education project, Project, Furniture, Public Art, Woodwork
Tags furniture, maker, designer, cabinet maker, wood, woodworker, functional, garden, home
Website http://www.germain.co.uk