Furniture by Jon Harrison



More from the Royal College of Art Show Two: this time a selection of projects by Jon Harrison, a graduate of the MA Design Products course.


Steel stools (above) were created with the aim of holding an adult's weight using the thinnest section of steel possible. The material for the seat is taken from the waste of the bottom rail.


In another project he combines an ash chair-frame with a seat and backrest made from corian.


"The functionality and usability of everyday objects is of great importance to me," says Harrison. "I also believe that if an item is to function correctly it should be able to intuitively tell the consumer what the product is for and how to use it – with no instructions or explanations.


"Whether we realise it or not as a community of users, we share a common visual language of expectations and perceived behaviours. I try to use this ‘visual alphabet’ within my work; it shouldn’t necessarily be about big change but my aim is to allow the consumer to act effortlessly and unconsciously."


Harrison cites his Candle with a Handle design as an example of this approach: "The ‘relaxed’ state of mind created by a candle-lit evening is often ruined when it’s time to retire and the lights are turned on.


"The handle at the opposite end to the candle ‘offers’ itself to the user who can carry the candle to their bedside and extinguish it when ready to sleep."



Posted on Friday July 4th 2008 at 9:04 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jed_

    very refined work. huge potential.

  • zuy

    Steel stool is so simple and original

  • edward

    The chairs are elegant with the corian in different colors a nice feature.

  • I like the chair Jon. Nice bend in the corian + the coat/bag hook is a nice touch.

  • Zenza

    I like this! :)

  • zuy

    i did not see the corian on a wood chair… it’s new but it’s cold and increase price , it’s not an arty chair…

  • zuy

    the candle look like a hammer…

  • henry julier

    really beautiful. the candle holder has an anonymous heirloom quality to it which to me is quite novel. it’s hard to achieve something that s both unique and can dissapear also.

  • zuy

    “both unique and can dissapear also….” … stop!!!! this design is not a consersation starter… not a story telling…

  • jones

    Very boring for and MA. Playing it safe

  • oneyedummy

    the problem is that this looks like a cheap furniture for the masses (maybe even cheaper than ikea) but probably the final result will cost a lot

  • extra

    I agree, this nice stuff but not enough for an MA at RCA.

  • cpcp

    nice refined work. love the coat hook on the corian chair legs.

  • Cat

    Well done Jon, lovely.

  • God

    yet an other heavy, expensive, inapropriate chair… and I wonder how the lamp stands if there is the slightest draught. I hate “good design” and this is what it is.

  • Kris Adams

    I really don’t see the ‘need’ to use corian in the solution for the chair. For the user to be more ‘unconscious’ of their response to the product surely a wooden back and seat would be more appropriate?

    Its a beautifully executed design apart from that though. Its really clinical but I can already see the chairs form aging well, if not for the corian which doesnt seem to match the woods character, especially as it ages…