Hugh started making furniture at the age of 15, but his formal training was in architecture. For Hugh, the office-based career of an architect felt removed from the physical materials of his designs. So, after completing his Masters in Architecture, he founded Hugh Miller Furniture, where the disciplines of designing and making could be combined into a single, intuitive, crafted process.
The influence of Hugh’s architectural education can still be seen throughout our studio’s output. We see furniture as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the intricacy of the detail. Furniture and architecture are the same thing – they just inhabit different scales.
Hugh is heavily influenced by his time researching in Japan as a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow. This transformative experience led him to develop a set of design principles, inspired by Japanese applied arts philosophy, that now underpin his studio.