An award-winning designer and maker, Hugh Miller draws inspiration from his training in architecture and Japanese philosophy to design and craft bespoke pieces of furniture. Producing tables and seating as well as smaller items, Hugh embeds the design concept in the intricacy of the detail. We recently collaborated with Hugh to create a very special keepsake box for our clients that purchase a Nº1 bed.
Like the bed, the Nº1 keepsake box is handcrafted to perfection, showcasing the small considered details which can only be accomplished by hand; mitred edges, made from honey coloured oak are joined with rich walnut splines to create a beautiful pairing. The top is then carefully mounted in grooves in the box sides so that it sits flush, giving a canvas on which the Savoir name is then inscribed by hand. It is only when the box is opened, by pulling the two halves apart, that the rich, tactile interior is revealed.
“I knew it was a match made in maker’s heaven.”
Hugh explains, “Savoir represents the pinnacle of British craftsmanship, and that’s why I was so excited to collaborate with them on the Nº1 Gift Box. In my studio we’re obsessed with quality – in materials, in design, and in craftsmanship. We have a mantra that the work should be ‘unquestionable’. Having seen first-hand the world-leading craftsmanship at Savoir Bedworks, I knew it was a match made in maker’s heaven.”
Hugh trained as an architect prior to founding his studio, and sees his work as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the articulation of the details. 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 the Japanese making philosophy, which now underpins his studio. As well as creating his furniture collection, Hugh also designs for established brands, including recent collaborations with The National Trust and The Icehotel, Sweden.
Created exclusively for Savoir, Hugh considers his design to be a small piece of architecture that sits perfectly next to the iconic Nº1 bed, celebrating the ultimately in luxury craft.