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Name of Designer:

Ian Milnes
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Date of Award



Mille-feuille comprises 16 laminated panels laid to mimic leaves piled on a forest floor. The surface of each leaf is marquetry of European walnut Burr hand-cut in a naturalistic style, with subtle variations in thickness creating relief. These changes in depth combine with a lightly worked surface to create something invitingly tactile. The highly organic aesthetic is held within the traditional rectilinear form of a mille-feuille pastry.


Predominantly working in wood, Ian strives to create pieces in an improvised manner. Drawing on a breadth of modern and historical techniques he negotiates with the material at hand to find an expression which is considered but not confined. A love of various aesthetic traditions informs his work, as does a desire to excite the senses and elicit an emotional connection.