‘Observational’ is how Chris Small describes his work. He stresses that he is categorically not a stylist, but rather that he draws inspiration from the behaviour of others, approaching each new design as if it were a problem to be solved. ‘I like to explore emotional interaction with products and with the environment’, he says.
But it was, ironically, being turned away from Glasgow art school’s interiors course that would shape his life: ‘I am so glad now. I went back to Northern Ireland, where I’m from, and my tutor pointed me in the direction of 3D design. That’s how I ended up at Ravensbourne and the rest, as they say, is history.’
'Rare Breed', the school’s collective graduate exhibition at 100% Design was a smash hit, for both the group as a whole, and for Small individually. He drummed up a lot of interest, notably from Authentics, who fell for his bin. But for now he is busy dividing his time between Curventa Design, and working for Simon Pengelley. 'I’m so happy to be getting the experience of both, even though I don’t have much time at the moment for my personal projects, because ultimately I would like to set up my own consultancy.' No doubt this will be another dream realized before too long.
Would most like to work with:
'There are so many people, but in terms of individuals, I’d have to say Jasper Morrison.'