On a recent Soyuz rocket launch an astronaut took a small cuddly toy along for the ride. It was captured on the cockpit camera, dangling from the control panel as they lifted off. It was a simple object, but it represented a significant physical connection to someone back on earth. Being connected to your tribe is important, particuarly for men. Being connected through an object is special. I believe that objects tell of who we are, and can give us strength and inspiring our survival.
Nilplug was founded in London in 2010 by designer/artist/maker Neil Marlow.
The nature of the business is to make precious things for good men, in the form of flying, chasing and orbiting characters inspired by stories of great men. The purpose of the work is to foster bonds between people and add a little character to your life.
The work is influenced by a hotchpotch of wonderfully colourful and energetic sources from graphic arts to typography; from The Russian Constructivist art movement to West Coast First Nation art; from ancient crafted objects to Isamu Noguchi; and, many many more things beside.
CV & Education
2010 – ongoing Nilplug Role: Founder, Creative Director, Maker
2005 – 2010 Ove Arup & Partners Role: Associate – Landscape Architect / Urban Designer
2005 – 2010 Rail Link Engineering (High Speed One) Role: Landscape Architect
1996 – 1997 Wandsworth Borough Council Role: Landscape Design Assistant
1995 - 1996 Sarah Jordan Jewellery Role: Trainee jewellery maker.
1993 - 1995 Ove Arup & Partners Role: Assistant Landscape Architect (…during university holidays)
1991 - 1992 Luton Borough Council Role: Trainee at the Parks Department
1999 - 2000 Bartlett, UCL MSc Urban Design
2001 Royal College of Art Industrial Design Engineering (selected by Arup to attend a 6 week semester)
1992 - 1995 University of Greenwich, London BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture
1988 - 1990 Barnfield (Art) College, Luton National Diploma in Graphic Design & Illustration
1983 to 1988 Putteridge High School, Luton
Bright Young Gems – International Jewellery London
Landscape Institute Award 2007 Landscape Masterplanning, Dongtan Eco-City (Urban Design Category) - The LI Award is presented to ‘Organisations whose vision leads the way in creating innovative and dynamic landscape’.
London Transport Awards Project of the Decade, Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(Coming up…) 2014 SID Magazine Interview
(Coming up…) 2014 Jewellery Maker Interview
2014 Client Magazine Issue 11 Fashion shoot
2014 Schon! Magazine Issue 24 Fashion shoot
2013 Noctis Magazine Fashion shoot
2012 Wallpaper Magazine Editorial
2012 Professional Jeweller Feature
2012 Retail Jeweller Feature
2005 – 2008 Druk White Lotus School Druk Padma Karpo Institute, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas. Masterplanning a school for nomadic Buddhist.
2008 – 2010 – Pocket Habitat a modular green roof product for retro fitting onto existing roofs