Harry Richardson is a partner at Committee, a design office and art studio based in south-east London that has, over the last twenty years, created work of many kinds for clients and cultural institutions around the world. Sometimes commercial, sometimes academic, Committee’s work has always sought to challenge the assumptions and aspirations that dominate consumer culture, whilst searching for new forms of beauty in the hinterland between the mainstream and the esoteric.
Committee gained notoriety in the early 2000s for their Kebab Lamp series, an anti-design solution to the human need for visual complexity in a pseudo-minimalist era that was unable to produce it, whilst also being an exposé of the awesome breadth of the global engine of production which works to satisfy our apparent needs and desires. Despite testing the limits of what might be accepted as decorative art, the lamps were immensely popular, winning awards and commercial success internationally.
Harry studied Fine Art and then trained as a cabinet maker. Between 2011-2016 he ran a platform on the MA Design Products programme at the RCA, where he subsequently also taught within the School of Architecture. He has been teaching at Goldsmiths since 2016.