Claudia & Harry Washington is a furniture and space design studio founded by Salvadoran couple Claudia Vásquez Washington and Harry Washington. Their creative process is grounded in their own philosophy that design is meant to connect people to their own human nature and to the essence that makes them authentically happy.
Claudia and Harry met in 2001 while earning their degree in interior architecture at
Dr. Jose Matías Delgado University in El Salvador. In 2004, they expanded their studies in furniture design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. After their return back to El Salvador, they started experimenting with industrial aesthetics through the use of artisan techniques and local manual labor. As a result, they developed their own unique process, nourished mostly by a profound passion to maximize the limited resources available to them. Their creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness define them, as they are capable of providing effective solutions to great challenges in restrained conditions. In the creation of their interior spaces, both residential and commercial, their projects often take in consideration a holistic approach, including the design of furniture, lighting fixtures, and products in general.
Their venture into the international design sphere began after an encounter with Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, at ICFF in 2008. One year later, Bernhardt launched The Calibra sofa collection, as part of their 2009 Global Edition. Eventually, Claudia & Harry Washington would go on to design Curio Occasional Tables (2010),.
Ven chair (2011), Hint tables (2012), Mitt lounge chair (2014), Diego lounge chair (2018), as part of the Bernhardt Design collection.
Claudia and Harry’s work has been manufactured by recognized world-class manufacturers, exhibited in museums and cultural centers, published in international magazines, and their in-house collection is being sold both nationally and internationally. As part of the philosophy, they believe in giving back to the design community in El Salvador, and were founding members of The Carrot Concept, a design platform they co-founded alongside four other Salvadoran studios to promote, sell, and create “Salvadoran” design. They are also organizers and sponsors of Contempo Biennale, the main design contest in El Salvador, which also helped launch their career.
Their work has earned number of recognitions and awards, including the Interior Design Magazine BOY Award, the Chicago Atheneum Good Design Award, and NeoCon Gold and Silver Awards. Their most important print publications include Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Wallpaper, The New York Times, Metropolis, Domus, Case da Abitare, and Monocle, among many others.