Charles Hollis Jones
Designer Name: Charles Hollis Jones
Born: 1945 – Present
Style: Charles Hollis is a gifted American craftsman and designer. His work mainly centers around elegant functional furniture for the home. He loved to create pieces that showcased the beauty of light refraction.
Materials Used: Steel, Lucite and acrylic
History: Charles Hollis Jones was born in Indiana and from an early age on was encouraged to use his creativity effectively. He designed home furniture for his parents, initially concentrating on glass, acrylic, and subsequently Lucite caught his attention. He started his professional designer career early at the tender age of 16. He formed CHJ Designs and soon began creating one-off designs and commissions for well-known showrooms, such as Hudson-Rissman. His fame grew and many stars, such as Johnny Carson, requested bespoke designs. He also designed the Wisteria chair for Tennessee Williams.
In 1970, he opened his own design studio and developed a technique to join large Lucite castings so that their joints were seamless.
During the 1970s,he received the California Design 11 Competition award for his creation of the Edison Lamp. He used Lucite and steel to design the light and then used Thomas Edison light bulbs to allow the interior workings to be viewed.