Leo Maher is a British-born designer, researcher and sculptural furniture maker currently based in the Netherlands. His work collects research from material cultures, past and present, and the narrative they present tethered to, before reformatting archives into new physical pieces. Often trying to respect one tool or material as an equivalent to the next, respecting the delicate mutuality and harmony as narratives, materials and techniques come together to form conglomerate objects.
He graduated Cum Laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven (BA) in 2021 and with Merit from Kingston School of Art (2017). His graduation project from the Design Academy ‘Unfamiliar Passions’ was nominated for the Melkweg Award for ‘outspoken talent’ and short-listed for the Dutch Design Awards ‘Young Designer Award’ 2022.
'Cruising: Discomfort as a Tool to Depatriarchise Design', Huidenclub, Rotterdam, 2023
Dutch Design Awards, Young Designer Award, Microlab Hall, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2022
Confessions, Tableau & Post-Service, Alcova- Milan Design Week, 2022
Super Group 2.5, Superhouse Gallery NY, hosted by The Attico, Milan Design Week, 2022
Kazerne Design Award, Kazerne, Eindhoven, 2022
Unfamiliar Passions, Galerie Fleur en Wouter, with Mai van Oers, Amsterdam, 2022
'Queer Ontology', Willem Twee, with Leon Stoffelen, Den Bosch, 2022
'Positioned Realities', Non-Depleted Collective, Berlin, 2022
'The Invisibles: Historic Furniture from a Contemporary Design Perspective', Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Lithuania, 2021
Superhouse Group Show 2, Superhouse Gallery, New York, 2021
Hall G, Sectie-C Open Studios, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2021
Design Academy Eindhoven Grad' Show, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2021
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Grad' Show, Geomax with Mona Mercier, Amsterdam, 2020
EitR, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 2019