neil cummings

utility

table
14 May 2019

So, I'm slowly learning to live with less, and experimenting with how to consume fewer resources. As part of these processes I'm making some of the things I might need or want, not in any dogmatic 'alt-right preppers' kind of way - I'm not about to be refining ore and forging weapons.…


Chair
03 Nov 2019

First prototype of a possible chair. It's inspired by Enzo Mari's ideas of being able to make domestic necessities, using stock timber, simple hand tools and everyday skills. There's an echo of Utility furniture from…


Reading Things
12 Apr 2014

Reading Things  is out of print, although an extract from the introduction was recently republished in…


Shabaka Stone
17 May 2013

I've been visiting the Shabako Stone, at the British Museum, for as long as I have been living in London, its a source of wonder.

In the twenty-fifth Dynasty, sometime around c700 BC, an Egyptian mythological text was incised for eternity in a basalt stela.  The text contains an account…


Stool
08 Jul 2002

Recently hosted on the magnificent resource Reading Design

this short text was first published by Architectural Design, Vol 72 No 4, entitled Furniture + Architecture guest-edited by Edwin Heathcote, July 2002