Michael Marriot (born 1963) studied furniture design first at the London College of Furniture and then at the Royal College of Art. On graduating in 1993 he set up his own design studio and began to design and make household items and furniture, often using ordinary components like wing nuts and plastic buckets and combining these with reclaimed and found materials ranging from quality oak to simple ply and peg board.
His work is characterised by a pared back functionalism and a supremely honest approach to materials which are often juxtaposed in ways that are thought-provoking as much as pleasing to the eye.
Of his own work, Marriot says: "If my objects speak, I think it is more likely a whisper or a hum. I aspire to make objects that have a feeling of familiarity, and are therefore quiet. On the whole I’m not so interested in objects that shout, it seems like there’s too much shouting going on in this world."
Marriott was awarded the Jerwood Furniture Prize in 1999. He has designed products for a range of clients including Established & Sons, Möve, SCP, Inflate and twentytwentyone. He is currently a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art.
Michael Marriot is one of a select group of British designers who have been invited to contribute to twentytwentyone's celebration of the centenary of Robin Day's birth. His edition of Day's enduring classic, the Reclining chair, is exclusively available from twentytwentyone.