John Lewis appoints ex-Habitat creative director as design manager for its home department
John Lewis has appointed Theo Williams, former creative director at Habitat, as design manager for its home department. He will work alongside existing design manager Mockie Harrison who will be retiring in 2013.
Williams, who led the creative direction at Habitat for four years before joining John Lewis, will add his creative vision to John Lewis’s overall design strategy.
The role of design manager home will be split between Williams and Harrison who has headed the design studio since 2004. Harrison will continue to lead on the development of seasonal trends for the business, alongside the creation of designs for entertaining and dining, until her retirement in 2013. During this period, Williams will work on home trends and the development of furniture, lighting and 3D design for John Lewis.
Peter Ruis, director of buying and brand at John Lewis, said: “John Lewis has always been known for its fantastic home offer, but we want to give our customers more innovative and inspiring home design alongside the classic styles they love.
“Over the last seven years, Mockie Harrison has overseen a new era in creativity for John Lewis Home. Theo is a heavyweight in the design industry, and his appointment shows our continued commitment to design, and ensuring that we bring the very best home offer to our customers. In a tough home market, their joint creative approach, combined with astute commercial awareness, will be key in bringing this new vision to the entire business.”
Williams graduated in industrial design in Manchester and moved to Milan in 1991 where he worked for several other designers before starting his own studio. He has been art director at Lexon, Paris, creative director for products for the Japanese department store Mono Comme Cà, and design director for the fashion brand Mexx. He has also designed products for Alessi, Artemide and Danese.
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