South African Designer Creates Furniture Bridging Engineering And Storytelling
Gregor Jenkin infuses inspiration from the dynamic local political environment in pieces which advance traditional craftsmanship.
South Africa might not come to mind as a center for emerging design, but a sample of work we spotted by Gregor Jenkin Studio last week at Design Miami got our attention. The exhibit staged by Southern Guild, South Africa’s premier design gallery, of Jenkin’s furniture pieces weren’t the sleek and colorful variety usually associated with European manufacturers. In fact it was quite easy to look past the natural steel and light wood pieces exhibited.
The ingredient that makes Jenkins’ work interesting is the narrative that is intertwined within the design of each piece and the unique way that is accomplished. Gregor Jenkin Studio describes the mission of their work to solve problems and find new ways of doing something old. Rather than bill themselves as a creative studio, they instead operate as an engineering environment. The technical crafting of each piece is impressive and something Jenkins dedicates much effort to. Look a bit deeper and you begin to see the subtle storytelling contained within each object which compliments the attention to detail. The work blends political commentary, humor and mutating everyday objects.