Angus Ross has been recognised as one of the UK's most exciting furniture designer-makers since the early 1990's. At his Perthshire studio workshop he bends, moulds, sculpts and folds wood including oak from his own woodland to create remarkable furniture and public art. He specialises in the ancient technique of steambending used for centuries in Scotland to make fishing boats and whiskey casks. By combining this with the latest cutting technologies and after hours of experimentation he now steambends lengths of oak across three planes, on partial sections of lengths of wood, through extreme bends and on a huge variation of scale.
After graduating with BSc Industrial Design from Napier University Edinburgh in 1985, Ross designed mass manufactured injection moulded plastic products for high street brands. He retrained in furniture making at Rycotewood College Oxfordshire before establishing his furniture design practice in 1992. His design background informs his approach and he devotes considerable time to the context and functionality of a piece.
Most work is bespoke and made to commission for private collectors, public buildings and exterior spaces all over the UK. His work is exhibited and published internationally. A collection of products, hand made in small batches using local Perthshire oak, is available on-line and at Contemporary Applied Arts London. The showroom is open by appointment.
At his studio-workshop he is assisted by Steven Gray (now an exceptional craftsman in his own right) and an apprentice. Interns come from Australia, Czech Republic, France and Ireland as well as the UK.
Year Established: 1993
2011 The Wood Awards UK shortlist with Spring Benches.
2009 The Wood Awards UK shortlist with Unstable Stool
2006 Wesley-Barrell Craft Award UK shortlist with Frame Rocker
2002 Arts and Business Award UK with The Phoenix Trail (lead artist)
2002 European Greenways Award with The Phoenix Trail (lead artist)
Also granted awards from Southern Arts, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland and Scottish Arts Council