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About John G Williams : John G Williams Fine Furniture attempts to take bespoke timber design and craftsmanship to a new level. Traditional techniques are taken from their original context and applied in daring new ways to generate designs that are distinctive and fresh. The designs are luxurious without being fussy – they pair beautiful hardwood timbers with elegantly sweeping ash frames to deliver high impact furniture. The work captures the overall lightness of the Scandinavian style, while celebrating the rich colour and intensity of American and African hardwoods.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Good design incorporates wonderful artistry. Good design delivers both beauty and function, so that form and function become one. In great design the functional requirement does not necessarily constrain the aesthetic; but the design must fully meet the functional needs, so that the user feels well-served and enriched. Art is a medium for contemplation that provokes some form of reaction; good design should also engage the user or observer in a similar way, and it must also meet the practical objectives.
Furniture design does not necessarily start at either the aesthetic artful end, or at the pragmatic ergonomic end of the equation. The design process can commence anywhere in this space. Often the design journey is holistic and prompted by a question, such as ‘could one imagine a single solid hardwood shell that forms both the seat and armrest?’ The question then prompts ideas that are both simultaneously aesthetic and ergonomic in nature. Invariably it seems that the more thought is that is given to the design, to simplify and streamline the components and lines, the more scope there is for a beautiful rendition of the whole. Good furniture design must be supremely comfortable for the user, and wonderfully comforting to the eye and soul.

ORGANIZATION:
John G Williams Fine Furniture

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Mechanical engineer Cars, mechanics, technicians, engineers

EDUCATION:
1987 Mechanical Engineering, MA, University of Cambridge, UK
1988 Manufacturing Engineering, MEng, University of Cambridge, UK
1994 London Business School, MBA

EXPERIENCE:
1988 to 1994 Consultant; Technology Partnership Ltd, Cambridge, UK
1994 to 2000 Consultant; McKinsey & Co, London, UK and Johannesburg, South Africa
2001 to 2010, GM Corporate Finance; Anglo American plc, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010 to 2016, Executive Group Head of Commodity Research; Anglo American plc.
Independent Consultant 2016 to date

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
I have not had a solo exhibition

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2018. A' Design Award and Competition
2018. 100% Design Show, Johannesburg

EVENTS:
n/a this is first event

AWARDS:
2018. Award winner, Iron award, A' Design Award & Competition

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2018. FORM magazine

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (native)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Illustrator - intermediate
Final Cut Pro X - intermediate
Microsoft suite - advanced

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
1989 Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK
2018 Member International Association of Design

HOBBIES:
Sculpture, Soprano Saxophone, Photography

CLIENTELE:
pending

WEB SITE:
www.johngwilliamsfinefurniture.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-05-27 18:11:24

COUNTRY:
South Africa

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by John G Williams


Zene Dining Chair

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2017
John G Williams for John G Williams
Beke Dining Chair

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
John G Williams for John G Williams Fine Furniture
Repose Lounge Chair

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
John G Williams for John G Williams Fine Furniture
Beke Kitchen Bar Chair

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
John G Williams for John G Williams Fine Furniture

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