Richard Clarkson


Brooklyn, NY, USA
New York + New Zealand product, lighting & furniture designer. A Masters graduate at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Clarkson’s style is one of harmonious contradictions and unapologetic curiosity. Drawing from processes and methodologies of both art and design his work strives towards stewardship, partnership and mastery.

Work Experience

Richard Clarkson Studio


• New York + New Zealand product & furniture design studio, producing unique furniture and lighting fixtures.
• Retail and Wholesale furniture sales specializing in one of a kind pieces, which are exported worldwide B2C and B2B.
• Current product lines include cradle, cloud & blossom, all of which have been widely publicized both within and outside the design community.
April 2013 - Present Brooklyn, New York, United States

School Of Visual Arts

Lab Technician

• Tutoring students and leading workshops on digital machinery and basic & advanced woodworking tools.
• Consulting and advising students on manufacturing & fabrication processes as well as monitoring safety and advising PR for Lab.
September 2012 - Present New York, New York, United States


Consultant & fabricator

• Freelance work for Food designer and Artist Emile Baltz at Baltz Works
• Extensive CAD modeling and rendering, and detailed prototyping & early fabrication. Advised on material & manufacturing processes.
October 2013 - March 2014 New York, New York, United States


Design Researcher

• On location & infield ethnographic research to gauge social commerce trends & conceptualize a physical Ebay experience to bridge the digital / physical e-commerce gap.
• Presented concepts and prototypes at Ebay headquarters in San Jose through video storytelling and formal presentation.
September 2012 - December 2012 New York, New York, United States

Victoria University Of Wellington

Photography Tutor

• Lead 3 lectures and teaching 50 classes, and assessing up to 40 students projects throughout one semester.
• Skills taught and delivered included basic photograph composition, lighting, camera knowledge and photography theory.
February 2012 - July 2012 Wellington, New Zealand

Thomson's Suits

Sales Assistant

Retail Floor Assistant. Active involvement selling Menswear product to Customers. Gained experience in trending, retail educate, marketing and customer relations.
April 2008 - January 2009 New Zealand


School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Master of Fine Arts - Products of Design

Inaugural year of two year MFA Products of Design program. Studies focus on rapid making, visual narratives and systems thinking.
Courses: Design Research, Systems Design, Business Structures, User Experience, Video Storytelling, Brand Development, Performance.
September 2012 - May 2014 New York, New York, United States

Victoria University Of Wellington

Batchelor of Design Innovation

Specialisation in Industrial Design
March 2009 - November 2011 Wellington, New Zealand


School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Paula Rhodes Memorial Award


School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

School of Visual Arts Presidential Matching Scholarship



Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon Winner


Victoria University Of Wellington

Victoria Graduate Award - Industrial Design


Victoria University Of Wellington

Industrial Design Summer Research Scholarship


Victoria University Of Wellington

Faculty of Architecture and Design Excellence Award



Furniture, Industrial Design, Lighting, Product Design,

Press & Publications

Fast Company Magazine, issue: March 2014, page 47
Daily Planet - Discovery Channel Canada, aired: 7pm Dec 19th 2013
GG Magazine, Sep 2013 page 28
Stylist FR Magazine, Sep 2013 page 2
Departures Magazine, Sep 2011
Design Patent: WO 2013/151445, October 10 2013

Cloud: Fast Co, Core77, Boing Boing, Make
Cradle: Design Milk, Core77, Yanko Design, Notcot
Blossom: Core77, Fast Co, the verge, Notcot, Stuff
Rotary: Dezeen, Yanko Design, Design boom, Core77
Also: NY Times, PSFK, MoCo Loco, Desogn Boom