Charles Hollis Jones

Charles Hollis Jones

Charles Hollis Jones (1945-) is an American artist and furniture designer who is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for his pioneering use of acrylic and lucite. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, he moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 16 and founded CHJ Designs. At the time, acrylic and plastic were not commonly used as a material for upscale furiture and art, but Jones, seeing its potential, began creating pieces for showrooms, such as Hudson-Rissman. His work was well received by both art critics and Hollywood celebrities. Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tennessee Williams and Johnny Carson were among some of the first to commission Jones to design pieces for their homes. An aging Tennessee Williams commissioned Jones to design a writing chair: The result was the Wisteria chair. In the 1970s Jones crafted his award-winning Edison Lamp. Using original Thomas Edison light bulbs, Jones created a lamp with steel and lucite to show the inner workings of Edison's original technology. It won him the California Design 11 Competition and special recognition from the German government.

Jones’ work has been featured in a number of museums, including the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. He resides in the Burbank area of Los Angeles and is still designing furniture, accessories and awards.

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