ABOUT US

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 launched 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.

MANIFESTO

Design has become a powerful tool for humans to shape their existence. It provides a competitive advantage in business and creates well-being at home.

As a society, however, we have become enamored with aesthetics and trends, sometimes sacrificing function, a basic principle of good design, without adding real value to people´s lives. The more we seek design as a way to satisfy a desire for solely visual gratification, the more it disconnects us from our authentic nature.

It is in our nature to aspire to evolve and grow, and we believe the most meaningful way to do so is by staying grounded throughout the journey.

We must stay connected, always. Humans yearn to stay true to their element, their natural state. It’s why memories can evoke such nostalgic sensations, why we love to walk barefoot on the grass, why we seek peace and comfort in our homes.

These simple truths inspire our work every day. Natural emotions and sensations guide us in creating spaces
and products that co-exist in harmony with each of our clients’ essence.

And this is the business we are in. We create designs that can inspire people, brands and corporations to create new stories. We connect them to their essence, and walk along with them on their wonderful journey
of growth.