I’m Oliver Johnson and I’m a Furniture Designer studying at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
My work is focused on designing objects for the domestic space that have a clean, approachable modern look and transform the space in to a warm and inviting area. I do this through use of my forms, which currently are inspired mostly by Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian furniture design, specifically by the works of Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, and Arne Jacobsen. Their refinement of organic forms is very influential to me, and another aspect I consider to be of equal importance to form is how the forms are put together, both by quality of construction and through resource management. Sustainability is a very important element of my design and construction, and I practice it by building a considerable amount of my furniture with wood that is sourced locally, as well as by implementing materials that would otherwise be unused. Lastly, and most importantly, through my furniture, I’m trying to understand and make evident the duality between functional and aesthetic objects. By creating aesthetically refined forms, I make their functional elements more noticable, and I create objects that others find desirable.