Jonathan Yoshida Rowell

An American industrial designer living in New York. Currently design director at Cartier.
 

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R40

R40 is a stacking chair that aspires for a more ordinary approach to life. Its name is informed by its upper and lower “banners”, which share an outer arc equivalent to a 40 centimeter radius. It was fabricated using traditional methods, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Category: furniture
Materials: hard maple and ash (as shown)
Fabrication (prototype): Friedlander Furniture

2021



Jueki

Jueki is a line of solid ash stools designed for American furniture manufacturer HBF. It is offered as a barstool, counter stool, and low stool, in a number of distinct finishes. Jueki’s form and Japanese namesake describes the viscous sap that flows from a tree.

Category: furniture
Materials: solid ash
Fabrication (production): HBF
2020


Face Stamps

Face Stamps were a secret holiday gift for the Cartier team, each with a custom drawn face, unique to each team member. In lieu of a lathe, the revolved shape of the wood handles were achieved using simple sanding tools and methods. Cartier jewelry cord allows the stamps to be hung on a tree.

Category: accessory
Materials: solid hard maple, resin, cord
Fabrication (limited production): self
2020


Koro

Koro is an incense burner machined out of solid bronze. It is inspired by the oversized burners preceding the entrance at Japanese temples. A unique two-part design allows the unburnt ends to fall through to below, while providing a catchall for ash and matches.

Category: accessory
Material: solid bronze
Fabrication (prototype): manufacturing partner
2020


Wallflower

Wallflower was conceived after a stay in northern Italy and wandering the homestead for wildflowers. Wallflower is intended to celebrate and display a single wildflower, as it dries and ages. A hand-bent brass wire is used to clasp the stem, while providing the fixturing behind for wall mounting.

Category: accessory
Material: hardwood (various) and brass
Fabrication (limited production): self

2020