Inspired by the natural elements and landscapes of his childhood, Tasmanian designer Brodie Neill reinterprets and elevates discarded, reclaimed and recycled sustainable materials into museum-grade pieces that blend an enduring design language with state-of-the-art digital technology. His work is known for its expressive form and meticulous attention to craft.
Neill’s work often foreshadows environmental and social justice issues. His pioneering work on plastic waste has seen him represent Australia at the London Design Biennale with Plastic Effects featuring the Gyro table in 2016. A year later, he presented a public art multimedia installation entitled ‘Drop in the Ocean’ as part of London Design Festival. The installation featured several pieces made from ocean terrazzo to highlight the far-reaching effects of plastic consumption. An 8.5 metre public realm sculpture Portal, made from bronze was commissioned by Brooke Street Pier to adorn the waterfront area of the city of Hobart. ReCoil made from wood harvested from an underwater Tasmanian forest was first presented at London Craft Week in 2021. In 2022, nine of his works crafted from sustainable materials were displayed in a dedicated selling exhibition Material Consciousness for Sotheby’s.
Brodie has collaborated with major brands Riva 1920, Kundalini, Swarovski, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz and Alexander McQueen. His limited edition works feature in private collections, public museums and galleries around the globe, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Sydney Power Museum, South Australian Art Gallery, and AMA Collection in Venice. ReCoil has been selected in the NGV Triennial that will open to the public in December 2023. It has also been shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Awards.