Q&A: Jacob Winther

I have a huge appreciation of the Danish tradition of furniture making, so I was delighted when Danish designer and cabinet maker Jacob Winther got in touch to introduce his work. The high standard of craftsmanship, simplicity and elegance so typical of good Danish design is very evident in Jacob's work, which beautifully unites craft with modern, functional design

Which three words best describe your style?

Simple, elegant, solid craftsmanship.

Can you tell us a little about some of the inspirations and processes behind your work?

I find my inspiration all around. Sometimes from the old masters of good craftmanship, and sometimes just in forms and colors in public areas and in nature.

Most times I get an idea of something I want in my furniture, for example a specific joint or forms that I find decorative and then I put the rest on afterwards. Sometimes I also use different themes to make the shapes.

What's your favourite part of the design process?

I do both the design and the manufacturing and for me the two go together. For me the best part of the process is to start with my sketches and then end up making the piece. When I follow the whole process I get the best result. I enjoy the entire process, from beginning to end, but it is the drawing and finishing that I like most.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I want to make a dinner table with no glue besides the table top. I am also experimenting with different joints and wedges.

Besides that I'm working on other different designs and collecting old furniture that I re-design and give new life - like this small coffee table made of two old tables.


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