Jeddediah Presland is a recent graduate of the faculty of Contemporary Furniture Design at The National School of Furniture, where his innovative and creative designs have attracted positive attention.
Returning to education as a mature student, he brought a decade of experience and work in design, primarily up-cycling vintage 50’s and 60’s pieces, plus a wide-ranging knowledge of artifacts, collectables and designers from his research while working in this arena. This refined his knowledge and love of good design, which then inspired him to return to study.
He draws on his personal history for inspiration, ranging from a childhood spent in Wales and Turkey, to the influence of his globetrotting grandparents whose home was filled with art and design from Turkey, Ethiopia, Kenya and Indonesia. They also had pieces of mid-century Scandanavian furniture bought in the 1960’s, which created an awareness and love of art and design from an early age.
Jed’s main impetus in design is simplicity and functionality, with a touch of multi-culturalism. Influenced by classical antiquity in exploring the ruins of Greek, Roman and Lycian cities in Asia Minor as a child and young man, he seeks to bring something of their fine craftsmanship, love of beautiful materials and classical proportions to his work.
He also has an awareness of other cultures, particularly of Turkey and the Middle East, which he seeks to draw on in his work, as shown by his Mamaluk Plate – which serves both as a table and as a wall ornament.
His signature style is simplicity, multi-functionality and originality – partly influenced by life as a student, where furniture solutions to space problems suggested themselves, as in his Sofa Buddy, Oak Bricks, Desk Chair and Mameluk Plate designs, which fulfill multiple functions. He avoids mechanisms and complicated joints. He likes things to be as simple and user friendly as possible, while also having a sense of innovative style.
My briefs have been to design storage solutions and multi-functional pieces, which have been successful and user friendly, as well as innovative. I also I really like to find multi-cultural resonances and connections as a starting point when I think of designing.Jeddediah Presland