"The very term ‘product’ suggests repetition, and the provenance of a factory rather than the artisan’s workshop. Artisanship and artistry are the two A’s of Luxury."
Nigel Coates has consistently challenged the meaning of architecture and the object. His mission is to bring equal parts of art and intelligence to architecture and design; whatever the space or the object, he will fill it with passion, irony, and instinct.
After training at the Architectural Association in England, Nigel soon became an original design force, with many of his ideas drawn from the ‘confusion and excitement’ of urban life. His inventive narratives have translated into many buildings, interiors, and exhibitions around the world, particularly in Japan and the UK.
More experimental work has been shown in an art and design context, including Ecstacity at the Architecture Association (1992), Mixtacity at Tate Modern (2007), Hypnerotosphere at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and Picaresque at the Triennale Design Museum (2012).
He is much in demand as a designer of lighting and furniture, collaborating with many Italian companies including Alessi, Ceramica Bardelli, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Fornasetti, Fratelli Boffi, Glamora, L’Abbate, Poltronova, Richard Ginori, Slamp, Terzani, and Varaschin.
Examples of his work are held in several museum collections including the V&A in London and FRAC in Orléans. His book ‘Guide to Ecstacity’ was published by Laurence King in 2003 and his latest, ‘Narrative Architecture’, was published by Wiley in 2012. He is also a leading light at the new London School of Architecture.
The Nigel Coates studio in London is an ideas-driven design studio with an expressive outlook that extends from the city to the sideboard. The studio’s broad portfolio includes many building types and a wide range of furniture, making it unusually capable of creating unique environments with full FF&E.