Gregor Jenkin considers himself a ‘maker’ rather than a designer. Using steel as his primary medium, he creates sophisticated contemporary pieces, most notably tables, which are manufactured in his small studio and exported across the globe.
Gregor discovered his affinity for hands-on production processes while working as a toolmaker and hot forger. He refined his craft as a shop fitter for Ralph Lauren in London before returning home to establish the Gregor Jenkin Studio. His work – which includes a long-standing collaboration with renowned South African artist William Kentridge – has been described as thoughtful and thought provoking, often referencing history and featuring new approaches to old design problems.
The minimalist Hancock planter for INDIGENUS, with its clean silhouette and meticulous tongue-and-rivet seam, was inspired by a visit to the Hancock Shaker village museum in Massachusetts, USA. The Shakers made most of their furniture by hand, avoiding all unnecessary ornament and focusing instead on pure forms and painstaking workmanship. The craftsmanship and simplicity of Shaker design resonated with Gregor’s own hands-on production philosophy and his desire to create authentic, enduring functional objects. The Hancock is a reinterpretation of the iconic Shaker hatboxes and sewing boxes.