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Will Yates-Johnson

MA work

Polyspolia | Public Bounds



(Greek for ‘many) i.e. polymer, polyester, etc.


(Latin for 'spoils') the re-use of earlier building material to create new monuments

A proposal for a production system of domestic objects in which an item, if it breaks or loses favour with its owner, can be broken up and remade into a new and different piece; the material resources within it are retained and made visible to the user. This project aims to reframe the way people think about our consumer society’s expectations for perpetual, immaculate newness and encourage an innate appreciation of the resources that exist within an object.

Public Bounds

Survey and Signal

This project unpacks and brings to light the opaque phenomenon of privately owned public space in London through research and field work, resulting in a collection of tools, objects and installations which aim to recast the citizen as an active explorer engaging with the invisible political aspects of urban space.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2015



  • Will Yates-Johnson is a multidisciplinary designer interested in the study of systems, how material can contain information and tell stories, and harnessing beauty and wonder to make visible the invisible.
  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, University of Nottingham, 2008
  • Experience

  • Senior designer, Philippe Malouin Studio, London, 2010–13; Production manager, Unto This Last, London, 2010–11