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Richard Clarkson


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.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Apr 2013Present
• 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.
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2012Present
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.
New York, NY, USA
Oct 2013Mar 2014
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.
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2012Dec 2012
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
Feb 2012Jul 2012
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.
New Zealand
Apr 2008Jan 2009
Sales Assistant
Retail Floor Assistant. Active involvement selling Menswear product to Customers. Gained experience in trending, retail educate, marketing and customer relations.
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2012May 2014
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
Mar 2009Nov 2011
Batchelor of Design Innovation
Specialisation in Industrial 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
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