Harewood Biennial Hugo Macdonald curator

Meet Hugo Macdonald, curator

Hugo Macdonald, curator of Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, grew up in a small, remote hotel on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He worked at Wallpaper* and Monocle, where, as design editor, he oversaw all architecture and design content in the magazine, newspapers, books and on film.

He was one of the launch hosts for Monocle’s radio station M24, hosting live current affairs shows alongside the weekly design show Section D. He was then brand director at Ilse Crawford’s design studio, responsible for consultancy, strategy and communications. He led strategy and consultancy projects across a range of sectors including hospitality, transport, consumer goods, retail and product design.

In 2015 he started his own consultancy. His first book was published by Pan Macmillan for The School of Life in 2016 called How to Live in the City. He continues to write comment pieces for a range of design and architecture publications. In April 2018 Hugo curated the Object section of Miart, the Milan Contemporary Art Fair.

Hugo lives between London and Hastings, with frequent escapes back to Skye where a chunk of his heart will always be. He is driven by the potential of design to challenge how we live and offer ways in which we might live better. He is interested in almost everything and is borderline obsessed with food – reading about it, cooking and eating it (but very rarely instagramming it).