2021 marks the thirty third year of Chris Connell Design, a small Architecture and Interior Design studio based in Melbourne, Australia. Chris Connell has over 40 years’ experience within the Architecture and Interior Design industry as well as the Furniture Industry. Chris Connell along with business partner Raoul Hogg founded MAP International Furniture in the mid-80s.
Chris Connell has a reputation for elegantly shaping residential and commercial interiors while also designing and manufacturing furniture and objects many held in permanent collections of art institutions across the world. Striving for simplicity through clean lines and honest use of material. Chris Connell works closely with each client and on every project, the design process beginning with the simple sketch. Chris is well known for his sketches; his lines are clean and spare but very expressive and uses colour in a very emotive way much like his designs.
Chris Connell Design is a team of experienced Architects and Interior Designers who offer a high level of service and commitment across retail, hospitality and residential projects. With extensive experience and passion for all design, Chris Connell incorporates custom product, lighting and furniture into many of his designs.
Chris Connell Design’s work is known for its restraint and attention to detail. Since 1986 Chris has been designing furniture as director of MAP International. In 1995 his Pepe chair was included in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and in 2017 to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). In 2018 Chris Connell was commissioned by the NGV to design a new chair for their Great Hall. In 2019 was commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design a new stool for the 2019 MPavilion designed by world renowned architect Glenn Murcutt and in 2020 was commissioned to design a new flagship restaurant as part of the redevelopment of The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square.