Jamie Ibbett is a dedicated designer with a flair for capturing the attention of those who appreciate simplicity combined with functional elegance in design. With the launch of Prana Furniture, Jamie is now presenting an entrepreneurial confidence, and timing that is best described as a profound awareness of one's own destiny. The newly formed company, which Jamie has co-founded, is leading its entry into the marketplace with his signature chair. The chair is catching everyones eye with its unique lines and organic forms.
Designed as a sculptural compliment to the one sitting in it, the chair was originally conceived to accentuate the form of the user, as a womans shoe might her leg. Material is added where needed, and removed where it is not. As a result the forms are honest and derived from the functions that they serve. The design possesses an innate mechanical advantage that also provides its unique aesthetic. When placed upon a reflective floor it is apparent that the underside has been considered to the same degree as the rest of the chair. Drawing from a background in life drawing, sculpting, and automotive surfacing, reflections and highlights glide across the surface seamlessly as the eyes observe the chair.
Born and raised in England, Jamie now resides in Canada. His designs seem to have a timeless appreciation for a full spectrum of cultures around the world, and display an uncanny intuitive awareness of the beauty in the world that surrounds him. Nature, people, animals, fashion, design art, and pure engineering all play a role in what inspires Jamies designs.
At eleven Jamie began classical fine art training, and has since become the first person in Sweden to acquire his masters degree in transportation design. During the past sixteen years he has worked in the field of cars, trains, planes, yachts, recreational vehicles, flight simulators, sports equipment, household products, interiors, furniture, medical equipment, exercise devices, safety equipment, film sets and advanced 3D software development.
After working with companies such as BMW, and various research and design environments, Jamie has combined this experience and knowledge of materials and processes to create innovative methods for producing products. These activities are also made much simpler with the use of his extensive network of industry professionals.
Jamie now has plans to follow-up the furniture company with a new approach to a studio collaborative, scheduled to begin by the end of 2012. The studio will emphasize hands on practical problem solving, with candidates being evaluated and trained in the soft skills required for teamwork and collaboration. Jamies academic back ground as a professor and corporate trainer will be synthesized into a dynamic approach to contemporary industrial design methods.
With international experience combined with a Canadian sensibility, Jamie is set to work with companies that want great design that is derived from working with people who share strong values and ethics. The goal is to nurture and enhance the experience and skills within any team. Living a balanced life and enjoying the process of design is the best way to ensure great results.