Atelier Jones Design is an award-winning, boutique-size and progressive design practice that was established by architectural designer, Raimana Jones.
A multi-disciplinary and hands on approach to design
In the 1920s, the Bauhaus had a cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and designing-through-making approach towards design. This revolutionised and unlocked new ways of working with materials which responded to emerging societal needs at the time. Of key importance was the making of designed objects and furniture accessible to a wider audience. After more than a century, the role of the designer and architect today is somewhat different: we are called on to design and produce better systems and materials to respond to today’s environmental and socio-economic challenges.
We approach design just like the Bauhaus. Not limiting ourselves to one discipline, our work branches and intersects the field of furniture and object, interior and architectural design. We are advocates for using recycled, New Zealand rimu in our work as a contribution towards environmental sustainability. Our rimu is sourced from salvaged timber yards or directly from demolished timber-framed houses.
“[…] Tools and materials, if you know them well, can have an important effect on the form of the products”. Jean Prouvé
We believe that the richest design outcomes come from the result of making and physically engaging with materials. By placing them at the forefront of our design process and focusing on their physical and atmospheric characteristics, we are able to showcase and combine them in audacious, yet highly functional, forms. This is expressed through the use of traditional crafts or digital fabrication or the combination of both.
We give birth and test our ideas in our Atelier (French for workshop and studio). It’s also where we do some of our inhouse fabrication and outsource large-scale fabrication to talented local artisans and manufacturers.
Projects completed most recently include the design and fabrication of components for a small, self-contained unit, in Auckland. The projects required the designing and the planning of space; decisions on colour and materials; sourcing, designing, and making of furniture – from concept to completion.