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Johnny Egg: The Furniture Designer Launches Our New Competition

6th June 2012

Johnny and Otto

Johnny Egg has never had a day’s training in his life. Yet his furniture is stocked in the prestigious London store, Heals, and has featured in numerous glossy magazines. He has never advertised his wares, but works constantly as new clients approach him, rather than him having to seek them out.

As he puts it, he just “keeps plugging away” in his workshop, accompanied by his two dogs Otto and LB (short for Little Bugger).

LB and Otto accompany Johnny everywhere

“My Dad was an actor who worked as an electrician between jobs so I did pick up some practical stuff from him,” says Johnny. “I used to go on jobs with him and help him out, not that he wanted me to, and I was always playing with Lego and Meccano as a child.

The newest addition to the Egg collection

“I had a lucky escape when I built a car once that blew up. Didn’t tell my dad though.”

As you might expect, Johnny says he wasn’t particularly interested in the academic subjects at school: “I was more practical, into carpentry and metalwork.” He built his first piece of furniture at the age of 16.

After completing an apprenticeship with a local carpenter, Johnny embarked on a series of jobs that saw him working on cruise ships and in casinos and he was based in the US for four years. But, in his spare time he was working away on his own designs.

To start with he didn’t dare try and sell his own creations as he thought they were too different from what was already available and he feared no-one would be interested. So, he stuck to what everyone else was doing and was largely ignored as a result.

“I was playing it safe but I wasn’t really  enjoying that, so eventually I started to do what I wanted to do and that was when I started to build up a client base,” he says.

One of his first pieces was Twisted, a fabulous quirky cabinet that was created for his wife who wanted some storage in an awkward corner of the bedroom.

Black and Twisted: the pink has become a signature Egg colour

“I wanted to do something sculptural and a little more quirky. When I started out I was trying to fit in a box but when I stuck to  my own designs and started to use the pink, which has become a bit of a signature colour when contrasted with the black, it all started to work out.”

In 2003 Johnny took his work to  100 Per Cent Design and  was noticed by Heals. Describing his style as “theatrical minimalism” the London store was quick to stock his work and now carries a range of his pieces including his classic flocked chandelier.

available from www.heals.co.uk

Twisted's little sister

In addition to his furniture, Johnny is also known for his flock range. A retro telephone, classic coke bottles and the chandliers are all covered in micro fibre particles giving each one a dramatic and slightly surreal finish. We’re all used to seeing flock wallpaper, which although quite fashionable at the moment, will probably always carry  a faint hint of 1970s Curry House about it. But when that same process is applied to furniture and accessories, it becomes cool in a slightly unexpected way.

Johnny can flock anything

“I do like to experiment and I like to work on my own things. I’m a big fan of Jeff Koons, Warhol, Lichtenstein and all that Pop Art. For textiles I love Pucci,” he says.

Johnny was first noticed for his unusual flock range

The latest edition to his range is the wonderfully witty Wine O’Clock, which Johnny has very kindly agreed to donate as a competition prize for one of you lucky, lucky readers of Mad About The House. For a chance to win one of these clocks, simply go to the comments section below and tell us why you need one of these in your house. The competition closes on Wednesday 6 June and the winner will be chosen at random. For anyone who can’t wait that long, or who doesn’t wish to leave it to chance, they are available to buy from Johnny’s online shop at www.johnnyegg.com for £55.

Enter the competition for a chance to win this clock

 

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  • Kate 7th June 2012 at 3:41 pm

    And the lucky winner is Dan Rigby. Well done Dan and I’m sure we all hope your week is improving. Or at least that the rain stops. The three under-fives is presumably all your own fault!

  • Toni Locke 6th June 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I need a wine o’clock as I am a female vet student living in a flat with 5 lads, and sometimes I think I need to remind them its time for wine not beer!!

  • Louise Tate 6th June 2012 at 12:00 pm

    It’s always ‘Whine’ o’clock in our household and sometimes it would be very nice to drop the ‘h’.
    Besides, surely Wine o’clock is just a natural progression from Gin o’clock and Pimms o’clock? Just good to make it more official 🙂

  • Janet E 6th June 2012 at 6:58 am

    I found this article inspiring and the pieces are AMAZING. As much as I love the clock Dan Rigby or Victoria Lambert are definitely more deserving.
    Cheers!

  • Dan Rigby 5th June 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’m on holiday in devon with 3 under fives and a forecast of rain all week – its been wine oclock since the minute we unpacked!

  • Hanna Benjamin 1st June 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wine O’clock is the way I roll! It’s SO ME! X

  • Stacey 1st June 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wine O’ Clock – Genius idea! If only it could be that time all the time! (You make me feel) like a natural wine drinker….

  • Danielle 1st June 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Definitely Wine O’ Clock time! Would love to win!

  • nadine 1st June 2012 at 2:51 pm

    This clock is so coool!!! i’d love to win 🙂

  • Georgia Grey 1st June 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Lovely clock, can it be wine o’clock all the time?

  • Donna starling 1st June 2012 at 9:38 am

    It will absolutely be wine o’clock once our extension is finished, this would make a perfect addition to our newly styled home as wine buffs…not wino’s 😉

  • Mrs D 1st June 2012 at 9:20 am

    Because Wine O’Clock means that Whine O’Clock must have finished!!

  • carol phile 31st May 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I need this clock so that everyone knows what to bring me when they visit

  • Fiona Ronaldson 31st May 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I’d love one of these because, whatever the actual time, it is always wine o’clock somewhere!

  • Sandy eitler 31st May 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I need this clock because i love it ,and my friends would be so jealous …Thankyou:)

  • jo power 31st May 2012 at 2:53 pm

    love them !!! please can I win??? x

  • Tara Manning 31st May 2012 at 1:30 pm

    NEED, WANT, LOVE!

    It’s 5 o’clock somewhere ….

  • Sophie Kelk 31st May 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Johnny Egg’s fantastic clock would look great in my kitchen/living area, which has a colourful and slightly 70s feel. We have people round for dinner and drinks on a very regular basis and a ‘Wine O’Clock’ Clock would be the perfect addition to the space…

  • Victoria Lambert 31st May 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I need a wine o’clock because I am busy 25/7. I’m a one-woman website launching, pet mucking, veggie planting, floor washing, child chauffering, button stitching, friend giggling, elderly caring, husband loving modern female whirlwind. And someone needs to remind me that it is OK to stop and smell the sauvignon just now and again!

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