Naomi Dean was awarded Young Furniture Designer of the Year in 2005 for her innovative compact wardrobe design, a piece that had already won two prestigious design awards at London's New Designers Exhibition in 2004. Naomi has a BA (Hons) in Product and Furniture Design from De Montfort University in Leicester, a course focused on design for production.
Naomi has exhibited at trade shows in London, Dubai and Milan and has attracted a large amount of media attention. 'The Wardrobe by N.J. Dean' has been included in the book 'Cool Hunting' a guide to high design and innovation by Dave Evans which is published across Europe, the US and Australia.
Naomi started her career working with London based design consultancy Volume, working on a range of domestic furniture briefs. A dining range she designed whilst at Volume was launched at The 2006 Furniture Show at the NEC.
Naomi has been working in house for furniture manufacturer and retailer Harvey Jones since March 2005. The Arts and Crafts movement was the inspiration for her first kitchen range which incorporated traditional wood jointing techniques, bespoke cabinet handles and dining furniture. Naomi manages each project from initial research right through to production, liasing with the directors and manufacturing team.
'Linear' was launched in June 2008, a contemporary range which offers the quality and versatility of Harvey Jones hand painted furniture but with a clean modern design to sit opposite the traditional ranges Harvey Jones is known for. The range has been launched into six of the showrooms and is bringing in new trade to the business.
Naomi is also the sole showroom designer for Harvey Jones and has managed the design and launch of showrooms in Bristol, Bath, Hampstead and Winchester along with updating the existing 10 showrooms.
Working as a freelancer for a London hotel allowed Naomi to work on a range of bedroom furniture that was in keeping with the Georgian style of the building while bringing the hotel up to date with innovative use of space and storage.
'The Wardrobe by N.J. Dean' is a piece inspired by Naomi's passion for creating furniture that offers more to the user than expected. She has taken the usual conceptions of a wardrobe and twisted them to offer a new way of storing and accessing your belongings. With a large volume of commercial interest while exhibiting she decided to build upon this project and develop a range of bedroom furniture to accompany the wardrobe. She is liasing with manufacturers and retailers to bring the range to market.
Naomi has also worked with Green-Works a social enterprise that recycles office furniture and remanufactures new furniture from reclaimed desktops and cabinets. The Tiny Footprint Desk and Spin Table originated from this project.
Naomi is a member of Hidden Art, The Eco Design Network and is involved with Green Growth London.