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VISUAL CONVERSATIONS

Welcome

 

This website is a companion for the book," home.visual conversations" by John Harrison, highlighting the designs of renown interior designer John Harrrison.

 

The book can be purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and ordered online soon.

 

Virtual tours included of three magnificent homes. Touch the home you would like to  visit, and you will be transported there. Use your finger to navigate from room to room. You can also move to another room by selecting from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the tour. To return to this page, just touch the "home" button in the lower right corner.

 

Enjoy!

ARTISTIC APEX
ARTISTIC APEX
If ever a home were a challenge for John Harrison, it might be the home of a Cincinnati couple with an art collection that exceeds some significant museums. This apartment has majestic views of the river and Kentucky. The art greets you when you walk through the front door. Around each corner is a new discovery.
Open Virtual Tour
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
This beautiful home represents the divergent interests of the homeowners. It is whimsical in places and it has moments of high art and humor. This home is completely integrated. The high end and the whimsical and the comfortable are all woven together.
Open Virtual Tour
GLORIOUS ASCENT
GLORIOUS ASCENT
Over the course of many years John has become very close to this couple. He has been involved in designing at least four homes for them. The couple have four children and eleven grandchildren. This home needed to have room for everyone and they all needed to be comfortable.
Open Virtual Tour

home.visual conversations

 

by John Harrison was written in a conversational manner. John Faherty, the writer of the book, interviewed all the homeowners in a conversational manner about their personal experiences working with John. The result is an interesting book written from the viewpoint of the interaction of John and his clients--most of whom are now very close friends of his.

 

The book can be purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and ordered online soon.

 

BOOK BENEFICIARY

 

All proceeds will be donated to the Harmony Fund.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Harmony Fund supports artistic works that fight hate and prejudice through the performing arts. John Harrison, Ginger Warner and Frank Caliguri were the visionary founders and inspiring leaders of the CCM Harmony Fund based on the belief that the arts inspire imaginative thinking, encourage conversations, present contrasting attitudes and help us examine our own viewpoints. The Harmony Fund supports the students and faculty at CCM to explore issues and encourage them to find a voice that often would not be able to happen without The Harmony Fund.

JOHN HARRISON

 

So how did he get here? How did this man from New Zealand come to Cincinnati? How did John Harrison become not just part of us, but the best part of us?

 

Well, technically, he came from the West. Then he came back from the East. Then finally from Dayton. John came for a love that was really just folly, then he stayed for a love that was true. Ultimately he realized that Cincinnati was the right place to live and to work. As importantly, the community realized this was a man who needed to be here. It is what happens when a man finds his home.

 

John Lester Harrison was born happy in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 1940. He had a loving mother and father, and a caring older brother.  “I’m a war baby,” John says. “The thing about

being a war baby is that you grow up in a world that is black and white, goodies and baddies. It

was very uncomplicated.”

 

John’s family was comfortable, if not rich. When he was 10, he began his education at King’s College, a school founded in 1896 to turn New Zealand’s youth into fine young men. “Lower school started every day with 15 minutes of elocution,” John says. “They were turning us into very British boys.” John still elocutes elegantly.

 

King’s is academically rigorous and very sporty. The annual rugby game against Auckland Grammar remains nearly a national holiday. John’s older brother was a star, and John was a tall and capable athlete, but sports were not a great interest.

 

John had a vague idea of what he wanted to do in life, but he didn’t have the language for it. He wasn’t even really sure it was a thing. “I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know what to call it. I only knew that I wanted to work in homes.”

 

After King’s, John studied at the University of Auckland in the School of Architecture. That year proved to be very important. John learned much about structure and weight and the physics of a home. That knowledge, combined with a natural understanding of space and an inherent instinct for structure, would prove to be quite valuable.

 

But it didn’t feel right. It never felt right. John wanted to work in homes, not construct them. He wanted to create space and make it beautiful, not draw the plans and hand them to a builder.

 

After one year at the University of Auckland, John quit and followed his dream.

 

John’s mother and father may not have been thrilled, but they understood. They knew John had to go.

 

“I grew up in a very loving household. They put up with me,” John says. “They knew I was different, but they were always so supportive of me.”

ARTISTIC APEX
ARTISTIC APEX
If ever a home were a challenge for John Harrison, it might be the home of a Cincinnati couple with an art collection that exceeds some significant museums. This apartment has majestic views of the river and Kentucky. The art greets you when you walk through the front door. Around each corner is a new discovery.
Open Virtual Tour
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
This beautiful home represents the divergent interests of the homeowners. It is whimsical in places and it has moments of high art and humor. This home is completely integrated. The high end and the whimsical and the comfortable are all woven together.
Open Virtual Tour
GLORIOUS ASCENT
GLORIOUS ASCENT
Over the course of many years John has become very close to this couple. He has been involved in designing at least four homes for them. The couple have four children and eleven grandchildren. This home needed to have room for everyone and they all needed to be comfortable.
Open Virtual Tour
ARTISTIC APEX
ARTISTIC APEX
If ever a home were a challenge for John Harrison, it might be the home of a Cincinnati couple with an art collection that exceeds some significant museums. This apartment has majestic views of the river and Kentucky. The art greets you when you walk through the front door. Around each corner is a new discovery.
Open Virtual Tour
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
INSTINCTUAL AND FEARLESS
This beautiful home represents the divergent interests of the homeowners. It is whimsical in places and it has moments of high art and humor. This home is completely integrated. The high end and the whimsical and the comfortable are all woven together.
Open Virtual Tour
GLORIOUS ASCENT
GLORIOUS ASCENT
Over the course of many years John has become very close to this couple. He has been involved in designing at least four homes for them. The couple have four children and eleven grandchildren. This home needed to have room for everyone and they all needed to be comfortable.
Open Virtual Tour

JOHN HARRISON

 

So how did he get here? How did this man from New Zealand come to Cincinnati? How did John Harrison become not just part of us, but the best part of us?

 

Well, technically, he came from the West. Then he came back from the East. Then finally from Dayton. John came for a love that was really just folly, then he stayed for a love that was true. Ultimately he realized that Cincinnati was the right place to live and to work. As importantly, the community realized this was a man who needed to be here. It is what happens when a man finds his home.

 

John Lester Harrison was born happy in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 1940. He had a loving mother and father, and a caring older brother.  “I’m a war baby,” John says. “The thing about

being a war baby is that you grow up in a world that is black and white, goodies and baddies. It

was very uncomplicated.”

 

John’s family was comfortable, if not rich. When he was 10, he began his education at King’s College, a school founded in 1896 to turn New Zealand’s youth into fine young men. “Lower school started every day with 15 minutes of elocution,” John says. “They were turning us into very British boys.” John still elocutes elegantly.

 

King’s is academically rigorous and very sporty. The annual rugby game against Auckland Grammar remains nearly a national holiday. John’s older brother was a star, and John was a tall and capable athlete, but sports were not a great interest.

 

John had a vague idea of what he wanted to do in life, but he didn’t have the language for it. He wasn’t even really sure it was a thing. “I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know what to call it. I only knew that I wanted to work in homes.”

 

After King’s, John studied at the University of Auckland in the School of Architecture. That year proved to be very important. John learned much about structure and weight and the physics of a home. That knowledge, combined with a natural understanding of space and an inherent instinct for structure, would prove to be quite valuable.

 

But it didn’t feel right. It never felt right. John wanted to work in homes, not construct them. He wanted to create space and make it beautiful, not draw the plans and hand them to a builder.

 

After one year at the University of Auckland, John quit and followed his dream.

 

John’s mother and father may not have been thrilled, but they understood. They knew John had to go.

 

“I grew up in a very loving household. They put up with me,” John says. “They knew I was different, but they were always so supportive of me.”