CHARLES HOLLIS JONES
12  CHAIRS
OCT 10 - NOV 7, 2009
 
OBJCT Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of
CHARLES HOLLIS JONES - 12 CHAIRS
Reception for the Artist - Saturday October 10, 2009 7 - 10 pm
 
Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945, Charles Hollis Jones started designing at the age of eight years old. At that time, his passion was designing cars. Later, as a teenager, he began designing cabinets, lamps and tables for his father's house-pattern business and, for the first time, was able to translate his designs from paper to finished product.
 
In 1961, at age 16, Hollis Jones founded CHJ Designs and began designing department store furniture and accessories - small tables, mirrors, waste baskets and display cabinets. Bullocks Department Store was the first to order his work. Two years later, in 1963, Hollis Jones moved to Los Angeles and began working for Hudson-Rissman, an esteemed furniture accessory showroom. Within six months, he was appointed chief designer and began creating his signature acrylic and metal furnishings. Hollis Jones left Hudson-Rissman in 1972 and has since headed his own eponymous firm specializing in custom furniture commissions.
 
In his 40 years as a designer, Hollis Jones' exploration of acrylics and_metal have won him numerous awards and earned him international recognition. The Los Angeles Times refers to Hollis Jones as a "pioneer in acrylic design" and Dona Meilach, author of Creating Modern Furniture (Crown Publishers, 1975) considers him a "master designer" and "literally a virtuoso in the application of plastic sheet to contemporary furniture design." In 2004, Charles Hollis Jones was awarded the Pacific Design Centers 10th annual "Stars of Design Award" for product design.
 
Even if he were resting on his laurels, Jones would have a formidable reputation. His client list was unsurpassably hip, including Frank Sinatra, Tennessee Williams, John Lautner, interior designer Paul Laszlo, and industrial designer and longtime Palm Springs resident Raymond Loewy. In the early 1970s, at the height of his influence, Jones had a bright-red showroom in West Hollywood full of wall-sized tapestries of his own design, tinted plastic sconces, and transparent Lucite sofas and chairs. In this remarkable room, we could see a moment in cultural history, when the coolness of the Rat Pack started heating up into psychodelia.
Alexandra Becket is a Los Angeles based textile artist.  She comes from a background rooted in architecture and interior design.  Her grandfather, Welton Becket, was a prominent mid-century architect in Los Angeles. Her grandmother, Louise Currie, a 1940’s actress, became a successful interior designer with a furniture showroom in West Hollywood.  Alexandra continues the family tradition of design by creating hand-painted wall hangings, inspired by the architecture and landscape of Los Angeles.
 
 
 
Charles Hollis Jones furniture at the Elrod House in Palm Springs Courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine
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