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Nigel Lofthouse

10 May 1946-29 March 2012


Reading from the cremation service:

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether
By a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

“Ralph Waldo Emerson said that”
said Nigel Lofthouse.


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Pedestal table; black dyed and limed, oak top with inlaid hand-painted leather. Central boss is a removable lid to a large copper bowl.
Nigel Lofthouse, who described himself as a natural maker, died of cancer aged sixty-five on 29 March 2012. He particularly liked to experiment with unusual materials and techniques, which resulted in his work ranging from costume jewellery and handbags for the designers Jean Muir, Sandra Rhodes and Ben Gibbs, through to furniture and lamps.

He started out as a graphic designer in the early 1960s, moved on to making jewellery, handbags, belts and finally to designing and making furniture in the late ‘80s. His pieces were usually made as a limited edition of 20 and could be bought at Liberty of London and Artizana of Manchester, for example, and privately commissioned. African influences were clearly evident, as was a flair for pattern, colour and extraordinary combinations of materials.


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Armchair;
showing a clear African influence


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He is survived by his wife Jo and two sons, Francis and Louis. And he is sorely missed by the artists at Butley Mills Studios for his sense of humour and willingness to help with anything and everything.