Installation view of NGV Triennial on display from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne.<br/>
Photo: Sean Fennessy<br/>

Brodie Neill

Photo: Tim O’Connor

Brodie Neill (designer)
Australia born 1979, lives in England 2005–

Level 2
NGV International
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Brodie Neill’s ReCoil dining table embodies a strong sense of place, time and identity. Using reclaimed Hydrowood timber veneer offcuts, Neill has meticulously coiled and laminated by hand three kilometres of veneer. The wood used to make the veneer is harvested from trees that have been preserved beneath the waters of Lake Pieman in Tasmania since 1986, a measure taken to establish reservoirs for hydroelectric power generation. The design references a tree’s annual growth rings, serving as a symbol of the material’s embodied memory. Neill’s work aims to promote sustainable management practices that are necessary for the protection and survival of Australian timber species.

Born in Lutruwita/Tasmania, Brodie Neill honed his design skills at the University of Tasmania and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he focused on the potential of computer-aided technologies. Establishing his studio in London in 2005, the designer has since forged a strong international presence with projects for global brands Swarovski and Alexander McQueen, and limited-edition pieces for galleries and private collectors. He founded the furniture brand Made in Ratio in 2013. In 2016 Neill represented Australia at the inaugural London Design Biennale. His work is held in the collections of the University of Tasmania and the NGV.

Purchased with funds donated by Chris Thomas AM and Cheryl Thomas, Noel Fermanis, Robyn and Ross Wilson, Beatrice Moignard and Emily Hardy, and Woods5 Foundation, 2023