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Richard is the founder and creative director at Richard Clarkson Studio, LLC. an innovative art and design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. During his studies at the Products of Design program Richard realized and developed a strong passion for physical computing and business management. Utilizing these and other key skill sets Richard launched his studio with flagship product: The Smart Cloud. The studio has since continued to grow reaching international buyers and press with an ever-evolving set of projects and products. Evident in his work and methodology is a unique collision of Richard’s New Zealand, Industrial Design background and his more recent experiences of the vibrance and culture of New York City.


Richard Clarkson


The Cloud is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning and thunder performance, as well as a music-activated visualizing speaker. As an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic a thundercloud in appearance, The Cloud employs embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment value and inspiring awe. This is a kind of magic, not based on illusions and trickery, but on sensors and code. Featuring a powerful speaker system, The Cloud allows its beholder to stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device and can adapt to any desired lighting, color and brightness. Acting as both an immersive lightning experience and visual feedback integrated speaker, The Cloud introduces innovative physical computing and interaction design hardware by bringing this technology into the home.


Other ingenious products available through the Richard Clarkson Studio are the Tiny Cloud, Cradle (a rocking chair made to create a calm safe and relaxing space) and Meural (a dynamic WiFi-connected digital canvas).