Barnaby Tuke trained as an industrial designer at the Royal College of Art (MA RCA), London, after spending some time studying at MMU and working as a cabinet maker.
Today he works for a range of private and institutional clients across interior, furniture, art direction and product design from his home and office, situated in the attractive county of Powys. Barnaby is the co-founder of Crane, a design company specialising in cookware and home goods.
WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT WHAT ORIEL DAVIES DOES:
Besides the well-understood benefits of engaging in the arts Covid-19 has highlighted the important role social activity plays in our happiness. Oriel Davies provides a welcoming place for people to socialise, work and experience art, which is particularly important now as we emerge from the pandemic.
A FAVOURITE CULTURAL ARTIFACT:
HS Stackable Tumblers
We use these modest looking Japanese drinking glasses everyday at home. They are of a scale that speaks of domesticity and fit perfectly in the hand. Produced by Toyo-Sasaki HS (Hard Strong) tumblers are the de facto glass for the food service sector in Japan. Their robust build quality, stable stack and enduring design have made them a proven classic.
Still relevant and fresh feeling more than fifty years after they were designed, they are an example of a democratic, mass-produced object that combines rational simplicity with beauty and quality.