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Founder at richard clarkson design
New York, NY
New York, NY
I have always had a great curiosity about why things are the way they are. Since childhood I have been fascinated with colour, materiality, shape & form and have tried to explore how the designer arrived at each particular combination of these elements. I have found that the thinking behind each object tells a story with so much more depth and emotion than the object itself, this ideology is what drives my design process and has begun to define my style of design. While my foundations lie in furniture and industrial product design I also have interests in media and graphic design as well as photography, fashion, painting and architecture.
Along with critical design thinking I have a strong focus on the values of designs, often my work references historical objects whose pride in craftsmanship and durability meant something much more than it does in many of the designs today. When this historical reference is combined with the minimalist digital nature of my design work it creates a ‘harmonious contradiction.’ Core to my design style is this harmonious contradiction theory that certain elements which seem to contradict (a popular example could be eco-friendly vs. low cost of manufacture) can and must harmoniously co-exist and a balance point, it is this point that I strive to find in each of my designs.
At every major step in my education I have reached greater and greater success, most recently having completed my Bachelor of Design Innovation with an A+ average. I strive to continue this exponential upward trend as I enter the second phase of my University Study at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Making the unreal real. Distorting the ever blurring lines between art & design, realunreal uses processes & methodologies drawn from both disciplines.
The New York + New Zealand based studio offers services in consultancy, product & experience design.
Realunreal also operates as in in house art studio with an evolving range of pieces available for commission & sale.
Involved leading workshops in the use of digital fabrication machinery and woodwork machinery as well as private consultation and design direction for students. Required strong workshop skills, safely training and teaching ability.
DSDN144 Photographics Tutor
Summer Scholars Research Scheme
Retail Floor Assistant. Active involvement selling Menswear product to Customers. Gained experience in trending, retail educate, marketing and customer relations.
USA Grade point average equivelant: 4.0 GPA (Educational Credentials Evaluators)
(2008) Associate of New Zealand Speech Board Public Speaking Diploma - Teaching
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