May 20, 2019

Everyday Objects Re-Invented by Designers Harvey & John

by Amanda Cade

With Richlite, designers see a material with endless possibilities. It’s their ingenuity that inspired us to share what they do behind the scenes. Those who innovate, shake up the norm and go out on a limb to try new things.

Videography by: Nick Meilleur

Harvey and John //
Brighton, England

In the final showcase of our UK Makers Series, we meet up with dynamic design studio Harvey and John. founded by childhood friends Richard Harvey and Keivor John. They’re pioneers of design because they’re also inventors—redefining everyday objects. To them, design isn’t purely about function, it’s about feeling. Their whole premise is to ignite an emotional response in those who interact with their inventions.

Harvey and John //
Brighton, England

In the final showcase of our UK Makers Series, we meet up with dynamic design studio Harvey and John. founded by childhood friends Richard Harvey and Keivor John. They’re pioneers of design because they’re also inventors—redefining everyday objects. To them, design isn’t purely about function, it’s about feeling. Their whole premise is to ignite an emotional response in those who interact with their inventions.

They see disharmony in the design of everyday objects; which are often made coldly, without any joy in the design process.

It got them thinking: how could objects enrich our day-to-day experiences instead of serving purely for function?


One of the first major projects they designed together was the Tropism Well. It all started with an open entry to redesign drinking fountains for London parks. Drinking fountains are poorly thought out; the experience is an unsanitary one that usually involves a kinked neck. The worst part is when most of the water drizzles down your face, onto your shirt and then down the drain.

        Tropism Well

Richard Harvey tests the Tropism Well to ensure the milliliters are set properly.

This negative user experience pushed them to redesign the fountain from a practical perspective, while also improving the user’s day in the process. They looked to nature for inspiration and observed how a plant stem bends under weight; it’s this relationship between stem, water, and gravity that drives the mechanics behind the Tropism Well. Richard and Keivor figured: why not use gravity to bend the fountain’s neck, with the weight of the water as the catalyst? Thus providing a unique and delightful experience for the user.

Once the concept was proven, the duo wanted to enhance the design and used Richlite to elevate the Tropism Well’s look.

Today, the Tropism Well has served hundreds of people water, wine and more in its 8 years of existence. It continues to make appearances at events, parties, and galas all over the world.

"Pours" is the latest invention from Harvey and John, a table top sized "Tropism Well"

Our bamboo embedded Stratum Richlite is applied to Tropism Well.

Music credits: “Ableton Wave Test” and “Wizards” by HOME