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Charles Hollis Jones (American, b.b. 1945)
Birth Place: Bloomington, Indiana
Jones was raised on a working farm in rural Indiana during the 1950’s, the youngest of 8 children. At the tender age of 16, with the blessing of his supportive parents, Jones moved to Los Angeles and founded CHJ Designs. Jones started designing clean-lined modern furniture using Lucite acrylic, a newly available product not commonly used previously for furniture design. The results, due to Jones terrific design sense and technical proficiency were immediately successful. His work is collected widely and his designs are a perennial favorite of interior designers and discerning collectors alike. The Los Angeles Times has referred to Charles as a “Pioneer in Acrylic Design.” To this day he enjoys active gallery representation and a continual stream of stellar press. Hollis Jones is considered one of the most important living makers working on the West Coast from the Post-War Design era. Frank Sinatra, and other stars, were among Jones’ first clients and important early commissions. Southern writer Tennessee Williams personally commissioned Jones to design a special chair for his use while writing, and this became the classic “Wisteria” chair. In the 1970’s Jones designed his award-winning “Edison” Lamp. Using original Thomas Edison designed light bulbs, this spare Lucite-and-steel lamp show its own inner workings to perfect impact. This stunning design won a California Design 11 competition and even special design recognition from the German Government. Heritage is honored to offer both vintage and new designs by Hollis-Jones to our collectors in this sale. New works include the magnificent “Tree of Life” table designed by the artist as an homage to his beloved late father, a career arborist back home in Indiana. Also on offer are examples of rare vintage works by Hollis-Jones including his sexy classic “Sling” chai, the Edison Lamp and “Squiggly Wiggly” chair.
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