Giles Hutchinson Smith is a fine and decorative arts advisor and leading specialist in English and European art, antiques and contemporary design. Based in the United Kingdom and Switzerland he provides well researched, discrete and coherent advice for individuals and institutions on the purchasing and selling of artworks, authenticity, collection management, cataloguing, conservation and value. He also works with private clients on interior schemes including the placement of works of art in the home.
Giles Hutchinson Smith has over 30 years of experience in the art and antiques market working in London, New York and China. During this period of time he has built a highly regarded reputation for insightful and sound advice on the International art and antiques market. He works with a network of clients including private collectors, museums, institutions, architects and interior designers. He began his career in London in 1981 with Mallett one of the world’s leading galleries. In 1987 aged 25 he moved to the United States to manage a newly created gallery in Washington DC. He returned to London to become a Director of Mallett Plc in 1996.
In 2004 Giles created the MadebyMeta brand a highly original and creative enterprise that mixed young talented designers with antique materials and exceptional craftsmanship. Launched to great acclaim at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2008 it quickly established itself as the leading contemporary design business in a fast paced market. Meta won numerous awards for its innovation, had selected pieces exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum and promoted the career of some of today’s best known names in contemporary design including Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Tord Boontje, Matali Crasset, Hani Rashid , Ed Carpenter and Andre Klauser.
In 2009 Giles returned to Mallett Plc then the London Stock Exchange’s only listed art dealer as Chief Executive reinventing the business from a traditional antiques dealer into a modern gallery mixing historical and contemporary art in the magnificent surroundings of Ely House in Mayfair.
In 2010 Giles was the co-founder of Masterpiece London the leading art, antiques and design fair that has now become established as the world’s most glamorous art fair attracting in excess of 40,000 visitors annually.
In October 2014 Mallett Plc was sold to the Stanley Gibbons Group Plc. After the completed sale Giles left Mallett to start his own art and antiques consultancy business in 2016.
Giles has lectured worldwide on the art market. He has chaired numerous vetting committees for some of the world’s leading art fairs ensuring the art works shown are genuine without excessive restoration or alteration. He was Vice-Chairman of the British Antique Dealers Association for over ten years and a Director of Hatfields, London’s oldest conservators.
On Giles Hutchinson Smith:
“What you have produced is stunning” - Private client, Germany.
“I am absolutely speechless. Having been surrounded by these works of arts for years, your catalogue brings home to me the absolute uniqueness and beauty of this collection.” - Private client, London
“If design icons could be mixed like perfectly blended cocktails then the following recipe might apply: take five highly talented designers. Suggest fresh creative directions. Introduce them to the world's top master craftsmen. Add rare and beautiful materials. Whisk everyone's skills to the limit, reviving lost or disappearing craft techniques in the process. Finally, stage a global launch at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April and watch the world's reaction.
It's an awe-inspiring formula.” - Financial Times magazine
“Meta is perfect”. - Elle Decor.
“Meta’s products are a true hymn to materials and artisanship. Through cutting-edge design they manage to forge a new dimension in which ancient and contemporary go hand-in-hand” - Curve Magazine.
On Masterpiece London:
“Where I think Masterpiece has been clever and has really caught the zeitgeist is the fact it reflects globalisation” - Financial Times.