John Kelly Furniture & Accessories are marked by a purity and deceptive simplicity of form and execution, an aesthetic he developed as an architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania.
“During the first five years, everything that I designed and produced was custom. Regardless of the client or project, what I learned was that all designs begin with an idea,” John reflects. “Once you understand the vocabulary for expressing the idea, designing an entire range of furniture becomes a lot like writing a story with different elements and personalities.”
In Mumbai, John was recently the keynote speaker and designer of the American Designer’s Pavilion at the Index Furniture Fair, where he spoke on the aesthetic and environmental benefits of designing with American hardwoods and on responsible stewardship of forests.
Sara Baldwin met John Kelly when they were in graduate school in Pennsylvania and has been working collaboratively with him ever since. “I took courage from John’s business launch, and in fact, I used to borrow leftover pieces of wood from his workshop for mounting my early mosaics.” Fusuma, created with Sara, reflects John’s affinity for stark, intriguing designs.