ROBERT INGHAM DESIGNS

Today’s Collectables | Tomorrow’s Antiques
In my work I use beautiful and unusual timbers, sometimes in combination with metals or semi-precious stones, to design and create desirable and collectible pieces. Traditional cabinet working methods are combined with new materials and techniques to push forward the frontiers of making and design. This can be seen both in my large pieces of furniture, right down to the smallest intriguing treasure boxes. All the pieces bear a small inlaid metal plate with the maker's logo.

When a client wishes to commission a piece of my furniture, the first stage is a site visit to see the proposed position, and talk over the client's hopes and wishes in some detail, also taking my extensive portfolio to see with which previous they may feel an affinity. I will then work on drawings for ideas, and also make up some finished timber samples. These having been approved, and a deposit paid, I will then go ahead with a piece, which I will deliver and install myself.

A signed provenance accompanies each piece.
Robert trained at Loughborough College, and at Leeds College of Art, followed by a degree at Leeds University.

After several years teaching, he set up a workshop designing and making furniture in partnership with his younger brother George, who had arrived at this point through the more design orientated route of the Royal College of Art.

In conjunction with his teaching, Robert has his own business, Robert Ingham Designs, and wearing this hat he makes one-off pieces to commission and for exhibition both in this country and abroad. Several of his pieces have been awarded Guild Marks.

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Nave Altar at St. Asaph Cathedral crafted by Robert Ingham

"Of all the furniture designer-makers who have started and remained successfully in the business over the last 20 years, it would not be a gross exaggeration to state that the bulk of them were trained at Parnham College under the guidance of its principal Robert Ingham." - Celebration of Craftsmen