Jay Watson is an independent designer-maker with a passion for exploring material, light and technology with a playful social commentary. After extensive experience in the furniture manufacturing sector, Jay founded his own design studio in 2006 in a former blanket mill factory in Oxfordshire, where he produces his collection of inventive designs and works to special commission.
Inspired ideas and authentic craftsmanship come together with concern for the environment, careful use of resources and responsible sourcing of materials to form the heart of Jay’s design and life philosophy. Aside from his 'green' agenda, Jay's work is also informed by a fascination for the way that people interact with everyday objects. His thermochromic “Linger a Little Longer” furniture series, which changes its surface colour in response to heat, has enjoyed huge viral success and has been featured in a number of international design books.
Jay’s love for design, material (advanced and recycled) and re-invention dates back to his childhood in sunny Australia, where he grew up surrounded by weird and wonderful objects – such as his dad’s collection of rare pianos and his mum’s sculptures made from found objects. Jay was encouraged from a very early age to get creative with whatever he could find around the household – from plastic bottles to empty cereal boxes. Since then, the designer-maker has been on a mission both to explore and further develop contemporary innovation in material technology and to re-use otherwise wasted resources – from old newspapers and dishes to his own discarded socks – giving them new life as beautiful and functional everyday objects.
Jay’s designs have been showcased at Liberty, the SCIN gallery, forevercontemporary.com,100% Design London, Tent London, Grand Designs Live, Salone Satellite (Milan), IMM Cologne and Interiors London, and have been widely and internationally featured in print and online media.