17 July 1917|
Bombay (Mumbai), India
|Died||7 January 1993
Auckland, New Zealand
|Education||Birmingham College of Art|
|Known for||Furniture design, interior design, war photography|
John Crichton (7 July 1917 – 7 January 1993) was a New Zealand furniture and interior designer.
Crichton was born in Bombay in 1917 and moved to England as a child. He studied at Birmingham College of Art. During World War Two, he became an official war photographer, assigned to the Fourteenth Army in Burma.
He moved to New Zealand in 1949, establishing John Crichton Limited, a business and shop located on Kitchener Street in Auckland. He offered interior design services and designed and sold furniture. According to Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Crichton “can lay claim to being the father of the modern New Zealand interior…” showing New Zealanders “how to blend a fascination with the materials and textures of the Pacific with the international vision of modern design.”
- "John Crichton". Mr. Bigglesworthy. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Jenkins, Douglas Lloyd (2006). 40 Legends of New Zealand Design. Auckland: Godwit. pp. 37–39. ISBN 1869621204.
- "Object: Lounge Chair". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Olsen, Justine. "Pioneering Pan-Pacific Design". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "Burial details". Purewa Cemetery & Crematorium. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
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