In the June 2017 edition of House and Leisure, we highlight four creatives who exemplify the freshest South African design talent. Read an extended Q&A with one such rising star – Jesse Ede – below, and get your copy of our latest issue for more.
A designer, maker, crafter and artist who is drawn to seemingly ‘unfinished’ materials, Jesse is the co-owner of JesseJames, a Cape Town-based initiative that delivers tailored design solutions for homes, spaces and brands.
Describe your work. I look to celebrate the rawness of uncontrollable outcomes from processes that are not commonly used.
What three words describe your work? Raw, organic and otherworldly.
What are your favourite materials to work with? Currently aluminium. It’s so responsive, lightweight, malleable and easy to work with.
When you were six years old, what did you want to be? An explorer. Secretly I still do.
Who inspires you? Industrial designer Marc Newson. I watched a BBC documentary about him a long time ago, and it was a real defining moment for me. It made me realise that this is what I want to do with my life.
Where in the world do you most like to be? In the ocean and on the mountain.
Do you think there is such a thing as South African style? Of course! It’s such an exciting time to be in South Africa and Africa. It feels like we are severing ties with our European and American influences, and really celebrating our culture.
What’s really ugly? Nothing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What’s your go-to comfort food? My mother’s mac and cheese.
What is your favourite building in the world? Fallingwater, a house in Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Do you have a design hero? My late father. He was the person who taught me the foundation to all the skills that I have to day.
What excites you about the future? The fact that South Africa is finally being recognised as a global contender for contemporary design.
Watch this space for more design newcomers.