ABOUT JOHN REEVES
       
BORN 1981   Burnley, Lancashire, England
       
STUDIED 1999-2000   Arts Foundation at Lancaster & Morecambe College
  2000-2003   Furniture and 3d Design (BA Hons) degree Northumbria University
       
PRACTICE 2003-2004   Designer in residence at Northumbria University
  2003   Established REEVESDesign Ltd
  2004-2006   Employed as Design manager and head QC for Julian Chichester Design, UK, based on site at the factory in Vietnam
  2006   Leave Julian Chichester to work on REEVESdesign 100%
  2006   Launch distribution in North America through Next Door Trends
  2006   Ongoing relationship with Heal's, London, whilst continuing development on the REEVESdesign portfolio
  2007   Launch new product line with Osborne & Little
 

2007-ONGOING

2008
2009
2009

 

Continue to develop, expand and exhibit the REEVESdesign portfolio
Launch US distribution through Four Hands
Close distribution with Four Hands
REEVESdesign opens first boutique shop inside ABC Carpet and Home, 4th floor, 888 Broadway, New York, New York.

       
AWARDS 2004   Heal's Discovers award winner
  2006   Classic Design of the Year award 2006 in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Homes & Gardens magazine runner-up
   2006   ELLE Decoration Design Awards 2006, Best in Furniture- for the Louis Console Table- shortlisted
  2006   ELLE Decoration Design Awards 2006, Future Classic- for the Louis Console Table- winner
       
EXHIBITIONS 2002   Tempter, Newcastle
  2003   Hamal's, Newcastle,
  2003   The State I'm In, Newcastle 
  2003   Design UK - Pick of 2003, London 
  2004   Greenhouse, Stockholm International Furniture Fair
  2004   Salone Satellite, Milan International Furniture Fair
  2004   Design UK - Selection 2004
  2004   Pulse, London
  2006   Las Vegas Furniture Show
  2007  

ICFF New York 

  2008   Las Vegas Market
  2008   ICFF New York
 

2008
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
2010
2011
2011

2012

 

Launch in Highpoint with US distributor FOUR HANDS
Salone Satellite, Milan International Furniture Fair
ICFF New York
Las Vegas Furniture Show
Chicago Casual
Highpoint
ICFF New York
ICFF New York- launch CAST collection with Henry Hall
REEVESdesign pop-up shop at Tramshed during London Design Festival
Highpoint, IHFC debut


HISTORY OF REEVES DESIGN

REEVESdesign took its inaugural steps when John Reeves was picked as a finalist for Heal's Discovers 2004.  Heal's are both a prestigious and a nurturing company and have taken several pieces from the Louis Collection into their well known furniture stores in the UK. The Louis Console table which lead to this recognition also brought John Reeves into contact with Julian Chichester Designs, a UK based furniture company, manufacturing in South East Asia.

John was offered a job as product developer and design consultant for Julian Chichester Designs, while also being able to work part time on his own designs.  Living, working and manufacturing in Vietnam and its almost mediaeval assortment of accessible crafts and manufacturing techniques has brought Reeves into contact with a wealth of different manufacturing and design possibilities.  It has been possible to experiment and work in several different mediums, such as wood, ceramics, lacquers and zinc to produce the current portfolio of furniture in REEVESdesign.  Through his work as head QC (quality controller) at Julian Chichester, John learned how to control large- scale production, and the many lessons which working in the Far East has to teach.

REEVESdesign has continuously produced and supplied to Heal's, and their relationship has flourished over the last few years. The Louis Collection has been exclusively marketed in the UK through Heal's, both to great media acclaim (see PRESS section) and through ongoing sales.  

A crowning point in the Louis story was when the Louis Console Table won the Elle Decoration Future Classic Award in September 2006.  

"The idea of experimenting and pushing production techniques is very much a part of REEVESdesign and is integral to the Louis design, which of course is a turned leg simply split into quarters. The inspiration for this was not only literal, in splitting the turned leg, but also metaphorical by splitting the past open to form a new idea."

"Living in a world that seems to be focused more and more on “the moment”, I believe designing with a respect and reverence for what has gone before keeps us mindful of where we’ve come from and what we really need. Ensuring that design evolves not only through materials and production processes but also under the direction of culture."