DESIGN MASTERS: Jane Crisp
Here at Futon Company we are passionate about design and we love speaking to designers from all across the spectrum. Today we talk to new Design Master Jane Crisp, a bespoke furniture maker whose designs are made “to use and love.”
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGN?
I believe that functional objects can be elevated and I create heirlooms and longevity in designs we live with every day. I take inspiration from my local countryside, history, tradition, flora and fauna. I love the textural and tactile qualities of natural materials like wool, wood, copper, leather and brass. My designs are made to use and love, amplifying traditional techniques in a contemporary way and experimenting with the mythologies of making. I am interested in materials and exploiting their properties using traditional processes like steam-bending, forming brass, boiling leather, wool and wood.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A DESIGNER?
I started at a young age building window boxes out of a fence panel that had blown down in the wind. I moved onto sheds with window boxes and then much later on in life college and university. I realised from a young age that the objects and furniture you use every day should be meaningful objects you enjoy using, that become like old friends; the sort of object you would be inclined to repair rather than replace.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN MASTERS PRODUCT ON SALE AT FUTON COMPANY
My dinky ‘Knitted Chair’ provides personal space, as you sink into the upholstery it connects with the seated body. The frame is formed tubular steel and is bound with fabric. The upholstery is knitted on broomstick handles changing the scale and creating a strong textural quality explored through stretching. My small batches of steam-bent Ash vessels form nature’s carriers or trugs. The inspiration for these practical objects comes from Norfolk reeds and draws on my creative personal connections and inspirations from historic boat building techniques and copper fixings.
WHEN DESIGNING FOR A SMALL SPACE, HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT?
I like to accommodate versatility, creating furniture that can fit any space from the corner of a room to the centre. Negative and positive space is always explored and utilised to become places to organise the things that clutter your mind. I would always consider the option to close or shut the piece of furniture to a smaller clean, more minimal form.
GIVE US A SPACE SAVING TIP
Fit draws to the bottom of the seats on all your chairs.
TELL US WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ON SOFA BEDS ARE
I have spent many long nights tossing and turning on uncomfortable sofa beds with seriously heavy mechanisms capable of removing your fingers. The traditional rock and roll beds are far superior and their simple construction creates serious storage space and a surprisingly comfortable sleep.
After an amazing first year of business, I’m planning to build a new workshop and covert my loft space to accommodate a wrapping, packing, stock storage and photography area. I’m really pleased to already have been offered exhibition space throughout the year at several shows all to be published at wwwjanecrisp.com and @janecrisp2. I’m also planning to launch new ranges in 2015 including ‘Windswept Lampshades’, ‘Stacked Up Boxes’ and ‘Stools’. I’ve also just found out that I am on the Crafts Council Hothouse 2015 program.
ABOUT DESIGN MASTERS
Design Masters is the Futon Company’s small-space, limited edition design range which offers designers a platform from which to sell products, delivering them directly from the designer’s workshop to the client’s home or office.