Jon Goulder has been internationally acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading designers, unique as both a designer and maker of exquisite furniture and home wares. Building upon a family history of craftsmanship and specialised trades spanning four generations, Goulder has forged a reputation as an Australian designer with an astute knowledge of making, whose career encapsulates diverse approaches, techniques and media. His works range from hand made masterpieces to refined production designs under licence to leading international manufacturers.
Goulder completed an apprenticeship in upholstery and furniture-making in 1992 and a diploma in fine wood and design at the Canberra School of Art in 1999. He was the inaugural winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award in 2003, winner of the Hobart Art Prize, and has had work acquired by most Australian state gallery collections, as well as the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts. His practice has been showcased widely across Australia and internationally, including the launch of his Amore Mio chairs at the London Design Festival in 2011, in addition to major Australian exhibitions and publications including the Object Galleries/Melbourne Museum exhibition, Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living, in 2008 and Smart Works: Design and the Handmade at the Powerhouse Museum the same year
Goulder’s Leda Seat and Stak stool are currently in production and distributed internationally, and he has a collection of limited edition furniture pieces produced and distributed from the Midland Atelier, where he has been championing the growth of the design industry within Western Australia. Through his teaching and mentorship he is fostering the careers of many young Australian designers, providing opportunities that he did not have when establishing his career, and contributing to a thriving local design industry. Jon’s designs are represented in many national and international commercial collections and have held market presence for over fifteen years. Jon has several international clients who work with him in different capacities including exhibitions, private commissions, one-off installation design, and design for royalty / license based agreements with manufacturers.