Joe Wonham

My work aims to bridge the gap between order and chaos, using unpredictable and random materials and processes to control the forms that I make, while always having an underlying logic for all my decisions. I love the way that a single, random variable can alter a design in so many ways that wouldn’t have been possible to imagine using pen and paper. I think it is this that makes my designs fresh and original. I enjoy the new possibilities that technology gives us in the design process, I use algorithmic modelling aids to help to generate forms and I love the problem solving involved with the new challenges this brings. I use these tools while still maintaining a hands-on approach with materials and for me this is what sets my work apart.


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Strata is a set of pendant lights, each one algorithmically generated and assembled by hand from laser cut, corrugated cardboard. Every light is different and is suited to both domestic and commercial environments. Strata aims to increase the user’s interaction with the light. Each layer of cardboard is rotated slightly so that different lighting effects can be observed by moving around the light. This effect mimics large flocks of birds and the different intensities of light and dark this creates. The project also aims to allow each strata light to be designed by the user through a mobile or web app, where by controlling variables a user can create their own Strata Light and be included in the design process. It would also allow customisation of size and materials of the final product.

Eris Collection


The Eris collection explores the aesthetic and structural capabilities of expanding, polyurethane foam. The concept behind the design was to invoke a conflict in the emotional response of the user, through the contrast between unpredictable, random elements and clean lines and regular geometry. The aim for the design was to force the user to overcome an initial emotional response and create a positive experience through use and reflection. The project focused on the design and manufacture of the Eris Barstool and the design process was primarily material based, involving testing and pushing the limits of expanding foam. The marbling effect of the final design emerged through this testing process. The frame of the manufactured barstool is machined using 3-axis CNC routers in solid ash, and the seat is cast in an open top mould around the frame. An internal structure allows the foam to bond to the frame.