Richard Hackney is a designer maker with a specialty in metal work.
He studied Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, discovering his love for automata. Post studies he trained as an elections and worked for a chandelier manufacture in London for six years before setting up his own workshop.
The practice takes on a wide range of work. First and foremost is the lighting and furniture side, creating unique pieces for private clients. He has also done projects for theatre and TV. Richards' passion for plants and gardening has also seen a long standing relationship with the design practice Wayward, making and installing many of their public realm works creating green spaces in the City of London.
The found object is a prominent feature in his work. He was initially attracted to them because of their past histories, the stories they could tell and the objects they could become part of. They also aline with his strong environmental beliefs. Reuse, recycle, salvage and scavenge all help to minimise our impact on the natural environment and the wide world we are all part of. He can not totally avoid new materials so to offset this, the workshop is a subscriber of Ecologi, the tree planting, carbon offsetting, green technology investment organisation.
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