Executive Director of VIA




VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

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Designer, Industrial Designer, Interior Designer, Teacher


Chris Jackson flung open the South London doors of Northwards in September 2003. Since it’s inception, Northwards has worked on a cross section of projects for clients across Europe, and has gained international press attention for producing work that is beautiful, intelligent and well detailed. In Chris’s own words:

‘I pride myself on not working in a particular ‘hand’. My work is style-less, and the end result of a project is always derived from need. It is never frivolous, but made up of essential details, whether they be informed by client, process or user.’

Chris’s pragmatism was influenced by a period working in Habitat’s East London design studio, under Tom Dixon. Indeed, the Autumn/Winter 05 catalogue features a number of products designed by Jackson, both from his time in the Studio, and from self-initiated projects which have since been picked up by the retailer.

To his peers, Chris is also regarded as a facilitator. His energy and drive has been key in the development of the young British Design Collective ‘SHIFT’, which he co-founded in 2003 with Sam Johnson and Ed Carpenter. Made up of a number of talented young British-based designers, Shift’s first project ‘Time:Frame’’ culminated in a critically acclaimed exhibition of furniture produced with local furniture manufacturers. Most recently SHIFT were commissioned to design the interior for one of the ‘pods’ for Norman Foster’s West London Academy, and have also worked with Scarlet Projects and Haworth.

Another facet to Jackson’s design vocabulary is his ability as a tutor of design. A key Sessional Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Furniture and Product course at Ravensbourne College, he has led a wide variety of projects with students, and cites this as a catalyst for his own personal development as a designer.


2000 - 2002
Masters Degree, Furniture design and Technology,
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK
1996 - 2000
BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design,
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK


May 2005
Winner Best Booth - DesignBoom, and participating designer won the annual best-in
Show honours, the ICFF editor’s awards in the category: BEST BOOTH
Jan 2005
Short listed for the DesignBoom/Macef ‘Re-use Re-cycle’ Design Competition
(with Sam Johnson)
Feb 2004
Category Winner, Formica/Blueprint “Design a Laminate Competition (with textile designer, Nicola Jane Smith.)
May 2003
Winner, Promosedia Caiazza Memorial Challenge International
Design Competition (with Peter Mac Cann)
Nov 2002
Finalist, International Composites Design Competition, Brussels.


Sep 2005
Design Debate @ Haworth part of the London Design Festival - chaired by Philip Ross.
Jun 2005
Design Seminars: Invited to speak as part of a seminar series by designers including: The Azumi’s, Matthew Hilton, Sam Hecht, Carl Clerkin, Michael Marriott and Barber Osgerby.
Jun 2004
Hidden Art Forum: Seminar with Gitta Gshwendner on the subject of presenting to clients.
Jan 2004
Time:Frame : Seminar about work and relationship with Stallion Reproductions.


Sep 2005
‘Tutti House’ shown as part of the ‘Experimental Office’ installation by SHIFT at Haworth
Sep 2005
‘Reflections on Travel’ installation in The Great Eastern Hotel, with Peter Mac Cann
May 2005
Invited by DesignBoom to show as part of Design Mart, ICFF, New York
Apr 2005
LTO Chair shown at Interzum 2005, Cologne
Apr 2005
Northwards @ Salone Satellite 2005, in the Salone Del Mobile, Milan
Apr 2005
‘Poise’ Candelabra shown on by Habitat, Superstudio Piu, Milan
Sep 2004
Selected by Simon Pengelly for the 10x10 Designers stand at 100% Design
Sep 2004
Max Fraser’s Design UK Selection 2004, London
Sep 2004
10 years of Hidden Art at the Geffrye Museum, London
Jul 2004
Village Fete, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, London.
Dec 2003
Deco Loves, curated by Sophie Davies (Features Editor Elle Decoration), London
Nov 2003
Time:Frame, Furniture Works, London. (
Sep 2003
Promosedia International Chair Exhibition 2003, Udine, Italy
Nov 2002
International Composites Design Competition, Vizo Gallery, Brussels


Kwintessens (Belgium)
New Design
Cabinet Maker
Guardian Weekend
MD magazine (Germany)
Form (Sweden)
Financial Times
New Architecture (Russia)
Homes and Gardens (S.A)
Elle Decoration
Glamour (Italy)
Domus (Italy)
Intramuros (France)
On Diseno (Spain)
ZONE 03 (Belgium)
Deco (Germany)
Taburet (Russia)
the global e-zine, DesignBoom.

suspension lamp Metropolis

lamps 3x3 coll.

chair LTO

candelholder Poise candelabra
© S. de Bourgies

coat rack Skyline
© R. Parker

sofa segments Superlow
© R. Parker

sofa Superlow
© R. Parker

clock Time travel

photo frame Versaille

interior scheme West London Academy