JON GOULDER : DESIGNER : MAKER : AUSTRALIA
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About

Internationally acclaimed Designer Jon Goulder founded his studio in 1996 after graduating from Canberra School of Art. Jon grew up surrounded by furniture, both in his family factory and at home. In 1992 he completed and apprenticeship in upholstery and furniture making to become a fourth generation craftsperson. Since then Jon has worked hard to design a body of work which grounds him as a stand-out Australian designer.

His work has featured in a number of major exhibitions and publications around the world. Jon was the inaugural winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, the winner of the Hobart Art Prize and People's Choice Award. Jon’s work is held in permanent collections by many State and National Museums and Art Galleries including the National Gallery of Australia. Working alongside Jon’s design practice is his work with individual designers and organisations, he has been widely acknowledged as having made long lasting contributions to the Australian design industry. Jon is currently the Creative Director of Furniture at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, Australia.

Much of the furniture surrounding Goulder in his youth was antique. He was encouraged to appreciate the various antique styles but always felt that the pieces were too busy and, to his eye, quite grotesque. He describes his clean-lined design sensibility as something of a reaction against this. During his time at Canberra Art School, Goulder was greatly influenced by the late George Ingham, who placed particular emphasis on craft skills within the course. 

Jon’s designs have held market presence for over fifteen years and are represented in many national and international private and commercial collections. Jon has several international clients who work with him in different capacities including exhibitions, private commissions, one-off installation design, and design for royalty / license based agreements with manufacturers.