Sculpted through Experimentation – De JONG & Co Furniture and Home Goods
A brilliant selection of furniture and home goods by De JONG, a family owned operation run in Los Angeles by five siblings who span a number of different disciplines. Ruth De Jong works as an interior designer, brother Peter a woodworker and product designer, and Philip a photographer and graphic designer. All these different sectors play their part in this project which involves using locally sourced wood to produce one of a kind objects for the home, as well as producing unique furniture to match.
The two things that caught my attention were the hand-shaped wooden cups, especially the Geode cup that’s chamfered and has a charred interior, and the furniture which has a rustic simplicity. I can see elements in the furniture that remind me of other woodworkers, George Nakashima being one, but I can also sense an ambitious creative who is not afraid to experiment and explore.
The backs of the chairs seem to be a fascination in this regard, one chair features back struts that go in slightly towards the centre, a stool seen at the bottom of this post has also used a small lumbar support made of wood that you can prop your back against. Alongside this you have a white sideboard that harks back to the simplicity of furniture systems designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe. Overall a nice line-up, it will be interesting to see where this furniture is taken in the future.