ODEChair | Designer Maker Jolyon Yates |

Craft Made Wooden Chairs & Stools

Jolyon Yates
MA(RCA)Lon, Designer / Maker


Born in Durham, England in 1968, Jolyon studied Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University and then Automotive Styling at the Royal College of Art, London.

Designer Jolyon Yates in the workshop ODEChair
After a spell at Opel in Frankfurt, working on the development team of the World’s first wholly ‘virtual’ car design, Jolyon worked at Style Porsche in Stuttgart. In this capacity he worked on major internal and external design projects. In a freelance role, Jolyon went on to work with designers Stefan Stark, Seymour Powell and The Product Group.

Returning to New Zealand in 1998, Jolyon taught Design at Massey University in Wellington before taking up a role at Bakewell-White Yacht Design in 2000.


Jolyon now participates in various international transport and design projects: his specialisms include design conceptualisation, development, rapid prototyping, visualisation, print and web.


ODEChair is a new venture, launched in 2007 involving the design and making of unique and distinctive one-off and low volume wooden rocking chairs, sculpted stools, bookends, jewellery boxes, wall clocks, rubber stamps, decorative wall decals and other interior accessories.