John Crichton

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John Crichton
Born (1917-07-17)17 July 1917
Bombay (Mumbai), India
Died 7 January 1993(1993-01-07) (aged 70)
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.

Early life[edit]

Crichton was born in Bombay in 1917 and moved to England as a child.[1] He studied at Birmingham College of Art. During World War Two, he became an official war photographer, assigned to the Fourteenth Army in Burma.

Furniture design[edit]

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.”[2]


His work is held in the collections of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.[3]

Crichton died in New Zealand on 7 January 1993,[4] and he was buried at Purewa Cemetery, Auckland.[5]


  1. ^ "John Crichton". Mr. Bigglesworthy. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Douglas Lloyd (2006). 40 Legends of New Zealand Design. Auckland: Godwit. pp. 37–39. ISBN 1869621204. 
  3. ^ "Object: Lounge Chair". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Olsen, Justine. "Pioneering Pan-Pacific Design". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Burial details". Purewa Cemetery & Crematorium. Retrieved 14 January 2016.