Chris Johnson Design

Chris Johnson Design add

Defign is all about promoting good design - and that includes innovative lighting solutions.

This week we spoke to Industrial Designer Chris Johnson about his furniture and lighting designs.

Chris is a 28 year-old Auckland-based industrial designer with a reputation for designing unique furniture and lighting. He designs and produces signature desks, chairs and pendant lights featuring raw and diverse materials - concrete, leather, steel and wood - in unexpected configurations.

He grew up on a farm near Hamilton and was influenced by his grandfathers who were both carpenters and who sparked his passion for crafting things out of wood.

After studying graphic design for a year, Chris decided he wanted to move into a career in industrial design, he then spent the next three years looking for ways to indulge his love of making furniture.

"I have always liked furniture. We had to do a lot of product design during the course but whenever there was a chance to focus on furniture, I just grabbed it."

Chris says he draws his inspiration from his immediate needs.

"I think about what I need around the house. Then I look at what is available and try to make something beautiful to fill that need."

His 'Today Lamp' is an excellent example, and developed from a desire to declutter his workspace.

"The 'Today Lamp' is like a glorified slimline speaker when you look at it. It came from a need to keep my desk neat and tidy - but also interesting."

The 'Today Lamp' sits comfortably on Chris' desk, and stands at just 350mm high with a 240mm diameter base. It is made from sustainable materials - cork, coal and brass with an LED light.

"The most unique material for the lamp is the coal. I crushed coal rocks down, then moulded them back into the desired shape using eco-friendly glue," says Chris.

Chris is generously giving away a 'Today Lamp', and if you'd like to get your name in the draw to win it, be sure to grab your copy of Defign magazine from your nearest New World store.

If you'd like to read more about Chris and his unique designs, you can also purchase Defign from key Countdown stores, Relay bookstores, Paper Plus and all independent booksellers. Or contact ADNZ direct on (03) 358 0112. For a full list of Defign stockists click here.