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Charles Hollis Jones

 

Charles Hollis Jones was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945. At the age of 16, he moved to Los Angeles, California and founded CHJ Designs. At the time, acrylic and plastic were not commonly used as a material for upscale furniture and art, but Jones began creating pieces for showrooms such as Hudson-Rissman. His work was well received. Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Johnny Carson were among the first to commission Jones to design pieces for their homes. The aging Tennessee Williams commissioned Jones to design a writing chair: the result was the Wisteria chair. In the 1970s, Jones made his award-winning Edison lamp. Using original Thomas Edison light bulbs, Jones created a lamp made of steel and Lucite to show the inner workings of Edison’s original technology. He won the California Design 11 competition and received special recognition from the German government. His work has been exhibited in a number of museums, including the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and the Los Angeles Times called him a “pioneer in acrylic design.” Jones lives in the Burbank neighborhood of Los Angeles and still designs furniture and accessories. He also designs awards, including the sculpture for the 2008 Golden Heart Award, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor Clancy Imislund for his contributions to the Midnight Mission.

 

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