|About Martin Miller
Martin Miller needs little introduction. The name behind the famous Miller’s Antiques Price Guides, the creator of the fabulous Miller’s Residence, Glencot House and Martin Miller’s Gin, not to mention poet, writer and artist, Martin’s love of antiques is thrillingly contagious. He effortlessly combines vintage finds and objets d’art, creating inspirational yet welcoming spaces. He confesses he’s ‘addicted to meeting people’ and loves holding an open house, which is just as well as guests come back time and time again.
Martin was an ideal choice to work with Liberty on the Dragonista design, which he revived from the Liberty archive, adding the Miller twist. A unique combination of the whimsical and the magical, with beauty and utility has resulted in this stunning new fabric for the Liberty collection. He says of working with Liberty: ‘In effect, it’s like taking a static work of art into a form that gives it movement and vitality. The iconic brand of Liberty is renowned for blending the classic with the modern, which both complements and appeals to my style, and I’m excited to be a part of this wearable, living collection’.
2011 has seen exciting developments in the Miller’s portfolio: whilst the doors of Miller’s Residence may have closed, new doors have opened both in Herefordshire and in Devon, including what is certain already to be Herefordshire’s leading contemporary art gallery, Down Stairs. With new and exciting ventures always tucked up his sleeve, 2011 is already proving to be a whirlwind year for Martin Miller, with 2012 sure to follow in its footsteps.
Martin Miller’s Gin
Born of love, obsession and madness, Martin Miller’s Gin is the exceptional product of three men, who got together in Notting Hill to discuss how good a gin they could make if they placed no practical, fiscal or even geographical limitations on its creation. Distilled in the heart of England’s Black Country and bottled with the pure waters of glacial Iceland, Martin Miller’s is a story of quality and a journey of perfection. Martin’s favourite drink is a Miller’s Martini – which is made with 3 parts Martin Miller’s gin, ½ part Noilly Prat Vermouth, an optional dash of orange bitters, garnished with a lemon twist and a green olive. martinmillersgin.com/uk.html
Miller’s Hideaway at Great Brampton House
Martin and Ioana Miller’s newest project promises to be a drop of exclusive country luxury – mixed of course with a hearty dose of Miller’s Gin, inspirational surroundings and relaxed informality. Nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, Miller’s Hideaway at Great Brampton House is undergoing a £1 million refurbishment to create the perfect retreat for its guests. Find out more about Miller’s Hideaway and book your stay at www.millershideaway.co.uk.
Down Stairs gallery at Great Brampton House
Down Stairs is a new contemporary art gallery located at Great Brampton House in Herefordshire, UK. The lower ground floor of the house has been transformed into a 6,000 square foot gallery space. The team is led by artist and curator Craig Barnes, who is developing an ambitious and challenging programme comprising of both group and solo exhibitions, showcasing new work from emerging to internationally acclaimed artists.
The gardens and grounds of the house are an ever changing sculpture park: the inaugural piece is a piece by Gavin Turk Oeuvre (Guinea Fowl), in addition to works that form an extension of Martin Miller’s Metromorphosis exhibition that is presently showing in the gallery itself. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 12–5pm, or by appointment. www.downstairsgallery.co.uk
Miller’s at Tors, Lynmouth
NOW OPEN! Miller’s at Tors, Lynmouth combines the inspirational Miller style with inviting prices, framed by the beautiful coast of North Devon. A new website will be coming later this summer, alongside a programme of redecoration and improvements over the next year. For the meantime you can find out more at www.millerslynmouth.co.uk.
Other projects coming soon
There's always lots afoot and Martin is currently working on two new hotels: one will be a bistro-style inn with rooms in Porlock, and the other will be a fantastic Arts hotel on the coast of Lynmouth. Watch this space for more details coming soon! Martin is also in the midst of an exciting project to create a museum of pharmacy in Lynmouth, rescuing the fascinating pharmaceutical artefacts of the Park Pharmacy Trust, which is struggling, and preserving this unique bit of history for all to visit. More details shortly.