Harris & Harris is a multidisciplinary design consultancy and studio founded by a husband and wife team
Words by Cathy Hayward
Harris & Harris is the multidisciplinary design consultancy and studio founded by husband and wife Alex and Sharon Harris. After meeting in Melbourne while working for an architecture firm, the pair continued with careers in architecture and interior design, working for various studios in the UK.
Alex’s career in the UK included working for Sir Terence Conran’s company, Benchmark, and later being Kelly Hoppen’s product designer, while Sharon, originally from Singapore, moved to London to work for interior design firms Bisset Adams and Perkins+Will.
Wharf Lighting Collection: Consisting of pendant, table, desk, wall, ceiling and floor lights, the starting point for the collection came from experimenting with light through different types of glass. Reeded glass tubes provided a very interesting effect and the semi-transparent nature allows for an attractive LED ‘filamentlook’ bulb to be used.
In 2014, the pair decided to work together again and joined forces to found Harris & Harris, making the leap to running the studio full-time in 2015. Starting as an interior design studio, Harris & Harris grew its collection of products, including lighting, upholstered furniture, tables and outdoor furniture, which were first exhibited as product ranges at Design Junction in 2017 and then at Decorex in 2018.
Azzero Lighting Collection: Symbolising the collaboration between Harris & Harris and Heathfield & Co, the collection features desk, table, wall and floor lights. The designs reference the refinement and luxury of the art deco age and the bold forms of 1960s pop design. The lamps feature cleverly detailed metalwork, white glass capsules with concealed LED light sources, and stunning terrazzo bases.
With a focus on interiors, bespoke furniture and lighting, the pair take inspiration from a variety of eras, but in particular take interest in art deco, modernism and 1960s pop design. They also enjoy mixing Sharon’s Asian design culture with Western influences in their projects.
Upholstered Seating Collection: The collection currently comprises two dining chairs, a club chair, two sofas and a bench seat. The designs are elegant and wellproportioned and have references to art deco pieces and Chinese and Japanese design culture.
As a result of working for Sir Terence Conran, Alex regards him as an influential figure, saying ‘I want to follow his multidisciplinary approach that is delivered with a consistent language’. Alex adds that he was ‘honoured to work for him at the start of his career journey’.
Both Alex and Sharon are incredibly passionate about the ethical side of running their studio and, where possible, they endeavour to produce in the UK and use sustainably sourced materials.