Jonathan Ellery is the founder of London based design studio Browns. Since it opened for business in 1998, Browns has built a reputation for its progressive and conceptual approach to design. It brings artistry, wit, rigour and skilful management to projects large and small, ambitious and unassuming. Its definition of design is broad, its points of references are from much further a field, as are its collaborations. In April 2011 Browns was named design studio of the year by Creative Review Magazine.
In 2005 Ellery launched Browns Editions, the publishing arm of Browns which produces limited edition photography, and conceptual art books. With so much emphasis on screen based, digital technology these days, Ellery sees Browns Editions as offering a precious enclave of resistance.
2005 also marked Ellery’s first notable shift towards balancing design and his work as a solo artist. With four one man shows in as many years in London and New York, his fifth, The Human Condition, is to be shown in London, Spring 2011. He works across a wide range of media from sculpture to performance, film to photography. The medium of book art is also central to his work, molding paper, fonts and images as he would any other medium, to create tactile, hand numbered, objects of art.