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Friday, December 12, 2014

Fifty years from now: Jolyon Yates

Jolyon Yates (1968- ) was born in Durham, England. He studied industrial design at Sheffield Hallam University and automotive styling at the Royal College of Art in London. He worked for Style Porsche in Stuttgart, freelanced with designers Stefan Stark, Seymour Powell and The Product Group, taught design at Massey University in New Zealand, and worked for Bakewell-White Yacht Design.

In 2007 he launched ODEChair, making one-off wooden rocking chairs, sculpted stools, and accessories. I ran across photos of his Breeze chair the other day, and after looking at more of his work, I'm convinced that he is an up-and-comer who will have made a place for himself among the important designers who are remembered fifty years from now.

Images from

Breeze chair by Jolyon Yates

Alternate view of Breeze chair

Close-up of Savannah III (Breeze) chair

Ocean rocker

Leaf stool

Hips stool

Stingray stool

Magazino magazine rack

LadyGirl bookends


  1. This what Charles Eames dreamed of doing in the 1940's.

    1. We've come a long way from the early days of splints, haven't we? Technology has finally caught up with the dream.