Graeme Harris Design
Mob: 07837 907889
Profile : An interior product design and development specialist with 9 years experience. I have a proven track record in designing and developing both bespoke furniture installations and mass produced designs. Projects include bespoke restaurants, Retail Environments, cabinetry for domestic Kitchens, Bedroom and Bathrooms as well as complete designs for associated products such as Washbasins Taps, Showers, Baths, Lighting, Handles. My portfolio also includes seating designs for Government Buildings, lecture theatres, concert halls and Retail.
Skill set Concept Designs: 2d Sketching
2D Design Development: AutoCAD
3D Design Development: Solid Works & Inventor
Prototyping: from Sketch models to as per production products.
Production Drawings: AutoCAD, Inventor & Solidworks
Production information: Cutting Lists, Bill of Materials.
Supplier sourcing: Uk, European and Far Eastern contacts.
Product testing: to relevant British & European Standards
Product Literature: installation instructions, care and maintenance guides
Product Photography: from individual items to complete room sets.
Employment History Jan 09 – Present. Managing Director at Graeme Harris Design. Graeme Harris Design is a product design and development company specialising in interior products, furniture joinery etc. Recent projects included designs for hotels and restaurants in London a 2100 seat concert hall in Dublin. Kitchen, Bedroom & bathroom projects for both mass production and domestic clients requiring bespoke installations. Projects cover all aspects of design, development, production engineering to tight deadlines and commercial constraints.
March 06 – Dec 08. Product Development Manager at Utopia Bathroom Group. Overall responsibility for expanding Utopia’s product portfolio from just fitted furniture and a small range of ceramics in 05. To a range that now covers fitted and modular furniture ranges. Baths, bath screens, shower systems, shower trays and enclosures as well as expanded ranges of ceramics and brassware. Managing the introduction of these products from conception through the design and development process and into production. Working closely with internal and external supply routes to reduce development times and maximise productivity. Visiting new and existing suppliers to source both raw materials and finished products from across the UK, Europe and the Far East. Delivering these new products to the market to agreed time frames and budgets
Nov 03 – March 06. Product Development Designer at the Symphony Group Plc. Duties include working across all our market segments, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms across all price points from bespoke manufacture to social housing. Taking a new product range from identifying a need in the market place to initial ideas and creative concepts right through the development processes until final production approval. Using a variety of techniques from paper and pencil drawings, mood / influence boards showing the latest market trends, 2D and 3D CAD, computer generated solid modelling using AutoCAD 2004 and Solid Edge V16, computer generated renderings and presentation work. The organisation of prototype items being made and overseeing the construction of mini-sets for management final approval before launch. The construction of databases to catalogue drawings and product specifications in a format, which is easy to access, and update. Finally contributing to the photography sets which feature in our literature and the displays in the factory showrooms.
June 01- Nov 03 Product Designer/Project Manager at Race Furniture Ltd. Duties include taking a project from initial design dialogue with client through the development stages to the finished design in 2D and 3D Using AutoCAD 2002. Rendering 3D proposals. Designing both the individual items of furniture and the whole installation, complying with relevant building regulations. Engineering the designs for production, using a variety of metals, woods, foams and fabrics. Utilising processes like casting, laser cutting, CNC machining. Producing the component drawings for construction. Building samples when required by the customer. All to tight and changeable deadlines with a high degree of accuracy. Most notable project in 2002 was the main auditorium layout and chairs for Ken Livingstones Greater London Assembly Building.
Oct 00-June 01 Kitchen Designer/Project Manager at an exclusive kitchen studio in Birmingham. Duties taking a project from initial brief and site survey, drawing development plans using both Planit Millennium and AutoCAD and evolving the design with the customer until a final design was decided. Then project managing the installation, ordering the product liasing with fitters and ensuring everything was completed on time and to the customers satisfaction.
06 Autodesk Inventor 5 Day intermediate and advanced course at Alta Systems.
04 Solid Edge V16 2 day intermediate to advanced course tailored to the needs of the furniture industry held at Paradigm design Huddersfield.
01-02 AutoCAD 2000 C&G 4351/3D Solid Modelling at Evesham College
00-01 AutoCAD R14 C&G 4351/3D Surface Modelling at Tamworth College
00 Planit Millennium Advanced Level at Planit International in Kent
96-99 B.Sc. Industrial Product Design at Coventry University unfinished
94-96 BTEC National Diploma in 3D Design. At Sutton Coldfield College
88-93 GCSE passes C and above in English, Maths, Science and Further Science at Queen Elizabeth Mercian School Tamworth.