Partnership and Collaboration

Jonathan Rose Design works with successful and aspiring people in the creative world. This is partnership and collaboration. Not just a service.  These people are graphic designers, small workshops with specialist skills, larger production workshops, photographers and places using digital manufacturing tools all based in the UK and committed to excellence.  This is partnership in its most elemental form. You …

The Attentive Collection

Attentive is a collection of furniture designed for an active lifestyle. We have busy periods of our life; always daily, mostly weekly and often for a whole month. We sometimes wonder why the chairs we sit on seem to envelop and stop us from just getting on with it. The Attentive chair is good for times like this. While you …

Dundee Design Festival 2017

In the craft world, manufacturing is often associated with a personal detachment from the material being worked. Manufacturing is efficient, reduces the price of each unit and makes the item accessible to a wider market. But it is not made by craftsmen. Dundee Design Festival promoted a different perspective. Industrial tools and processes connect to the individual maker. Silo Studio …

May 2017 update

It has been a fulfilling 15 months since my last post. The main event has been the exhibition ‘After the Storm‘ , held in the John Hope Gateway Gallery of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. 12 cabinet makers from the Scottish Furniture Makers Association designed and made furniture using timber from the gardens blown down in 2012 by Cyclone …

start of year thoughts

I look at this work by Danish textile practitioner Anette Bendixen and I love the combination of thought, use of materials and the idea behind an image that shocked the 19th century salon society, being made in the 21st century from yarns. The interlacing is done by hand with each connection dependent on the judgement of the makers eye and …

thoughts for the spring

Winter reading included a revisit of Gareth Williams ‘The Furniture Machine – furniture since 1990’ (V&A publications 2006) which reminded me of the giant forces that are out there influencing taste in furniture. This book tracks the development of several celebrity designers, who Williams terms as part of an egosystem, and have design thinking. Take Jurgen Bey and his tree trunk …

Attentive launching

And here she is to face the world. Attentive in the sun Attentive at work Attentive looked down on Nobody but nobody should walk away Come to SECC Glasgow 23rd to 26th May stand L445 and see it in the flesh – or is it wood?

copper inlay decoration

Here’s some more stuff for furniture makers, furniture lovers, design geeks and generally happy people. There may be a laugh along the way. I’d love to hear from you if you are moved to respond, just a click away. The website will soon link to jonathanrosedesigns facebook page which I expect to have the usual Facebook stuff, and my tweets …