Katie Walker

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Katie Walker (April 12, 1969)[citation needed] is a British furniture designer well known for combining simple components in her work. Her designs combine the function of the object with a sculptural interpretation of its structure. She works with craft and volume manufacturers and produces specific one-off commissions from a variety of materials.


She first studied Furniture and Related Product Design at London's Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and went on to study for an MA in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art.

Notable work[edit]

As a furniture designer and business person (she runs Katie Walker Furniture), Katie designs pieces for batch production and for one-off commissions. Most of these pieces are made by Katie Walker Furniture.

Selected commissions include:

Award winning pieces include:

  • Ribbon Rocking Chair (winner of the Wesley Barrell Craft Award and both the Wood Awards Furniture and Innovation Awards in 2006)
  • Weight and See Mirror (the original of which toured the UK with the "One-Tree" Exhibition)
  • Gallery seating (holder of Guildmark 250 from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers)
  • Eyers Dining Group - a private commission


  • 1993 'Walk don't Walk', street furniture exhibition at Liverpools' 'Visionfest'
  • 1994 The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Oxted, Surrey
  • 1995, 96, 98 'Decorative Arts Today', Bonhams, London
  • 1995,96,97,98,99,01 '100% Design', London
  • 1996,97 The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire
  • 1996 'Living at Belsay', Belsay Hall, Northumberland
  • 1996, 97 'Design Resolutions', Royal Festival Hall, London
  • 1997 'The Garden', The Harley Gallery, Worksop
  • 1997, 2002, 2004 The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield, Surrey
  • 1997 'Almost Edible' Six Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
  • 1998 The Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland
  • 1998 'Katie Walker Furniture' Hove Museum & Art Gallery
  • 1999, 01 A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham
  • 2001/ 2002 'onetree': Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Tenants Hall, Tatton Park, Cheshire; Bristol City Art Gallery; the Geffrye Museum, London
  • 2002 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
  • 2004 'New Member Focus', Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2006 Collect
  • 2006 Origin


  • "Walker's Way" - Country House, Issue 02, April 2007
  • "Going for bespoke" - Rebecca Tanquerary, Sunday Times 11 March 2007
  • "How to spend it, Skinny by Curvaceous" - Sue Webster, Financial Times, 14 Jun 2002
  • "Rock of Ages" - Sudi Piggott, Fincancial Times, 26 May 2007,
  • International Design Yearbook, ed. Richard Sapper & Michael Horsham, Abbeville Press Inc., 1998
  • "The Guild Marks" - Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, 2005
  • "One tree" - Garry Olson, Peter Toaig, and Gary Olsen, Merrell Publishers Ltd 2001
  • "Bespoke" - A Source book of Furniture Designer Makers, Betty Norbury, 2007

Personal life[edit]

Katie is married and has two daughters. She lives in West Sussex, UK.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, A member of Design Nation and a member of Contemporary Applied Arts

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