Jamie

Wolfond

Studio

Jamie Wolfond Studio designs furniture, lighting, and everyday tools for consumer brands, spaces, and private clients.

Type Vases

Date

2021

Type

Client: Gilda Editions

Description

The Type Vases are a series of five characters made by cutting and welding together sections of stock brass tubing. The result is neither entirely handmade nor industrial, speaking a unique language that exists in between.

Materials and Dimensions

Brass
Various Dimensions

Owl Lamp

Date

2018-2020

Type

Prototype

Description

The Owl Lamp applies a rudimentary physical principle to create a sophisticated type of motion. As a person turns the stem, a flexible hose transmits rotary force to the shade which enables it to infinitely orbit a stationary light source. The rotation of the shade continuously transforms the direction and character of the lamp.

The Owl Lamp was born from an extensive iterative process, originating from a curiosity for drinking straws and flexible driveshafts.

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum, Vinyl, Nylon, Hardware
163 x 102 x 51 cm

Tool Basket

Date

2021

Type

Exhibition: Basketclub @ Karimoku

Description

Basketclub is an instagram-based weaving collective. Co-organized with Adrianus Kundert in the spring of 2020, the Club is a digital environment where designers and craftspeople exchange ideas about basketry.

In late 2020, Japanese furniture manufacturer, Karimoku invited Basketclub to take part in the inaugural exhibition at its Tokyo Showroom. Twelve members of Basketclub created pieces which respond to the uses behind traditional Japanese woven baskets such as carrying, drying, storing, cooking and cleaning.

Our contribution was the Tool Basket. Constructed using Kagome, a traditional Japanese triaxial weaving technique, the Basket features the unexpected intersection of a traditional basket and a toolbox-like handle. The result a unique container which is both useful and evocative.

Materials and Dimensions

Reed, Analine Dye
35 x 41 cm

Kapla Shelving System

Date

2020

Type

Prototype

Description

Named after the open-ended Dutch building toy, the Kapla Shelving System is a modular shelving unit defined by a solid wood frame and aluminum shelves. Five simple components can be combined in various configurations to form shelving units of two heights and infinite lengths. The Kapla Shelving system is an adaptable and strikingly clean solution for homes and offices alike.

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum, Douglas Fir
Shelf Height 35 cm
Module Width 116 cm
Depth 24 cm

Thread Lamp

Date

2020

Type

Exhibition: Aluminum Group

Description

Aluminum Group was a design exhibition which took place at Toronto’s ESP gallery during design week. Co-organized with MSDS Studio, the show saw 15 Canadian designers come together to create a collection of machined aluminum objects. Including both practical prototypes and pieces of sculpture, the show covers diverse range of themes unified by a single medium.

Our contribution was the Thread lamp. An upward-facing light source bounces off a milled aluminum shade to emit a bright but indirect glow. Threads on the lamp body make it easy to adjust the shade height, changing the angle and intensity of the bounced light.

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum
38 x 38 x 33 – 43 cm

2×2 Organizer

Date

2020

Type

Client: Ferm Living

Description

Each unit that comprises the 2×2 Organizer series is made by folding two sheets of metal two times and welding them together. The result is a simple set of office storage modules with the inherent ability to register when stacked.

Materials and Dimensions

Steel
23 x 13 x 28 cm

Diametric Jug

Date

2019

Type

Prototype

Description

Two seemingly opposing schools of thought come together to form the Diametric Jug. While the relationship between the handle and the body of the jug refers to ancient pottery, the geometric treatment and tubular nature of the jug’s form bears resemblance to those of the Bauhaus movement.

Materials and Dimensions

Stoneware
29 x 14 x 22 cm

Stamp Lamp

Date

2019

Type

Prototype

Description

The Stamp Lamp is comprised of four identical pressed steel components and a simple off-the-shelf cord-set. The result is a uniquely simple table lamp defined by the intersection of two contrasting forms. Made from steel

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum
17 x 17 x 33 cm

Frog Vase

Date

2019

Type

Prototype

Description

The Frog Vase combines the traditional Japanese Kenzan (or flower frog) and the vessel it resides in to yield a succinct tool for arranging flowers.

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum
18 x 15 x 2 cm

Offset Crate

Date

2019

Type

Prototype

Description

The Offset Crate brings new functionality to the archetypal fruit crate. Staggered slats interlock when the crates are stacked, acting as a stable and flexible shelving system.

Materials and Dimensions

White Oak
36 x 51 x 30 cm

401 Table

Date

2019

Type

Client: In Development

Description

A single aluminum profile diverges and reconnects to create the unique structure of the 401 Table. The 401 Table can be easily collapsed and packed flat for efficient shipping.

Materials and Dimensions

Aluminum
53 x 53 x 45 cm

Balance Pipe

Date

2015

Type

Client: Tetra

Description

The Balance Pipe is a dry herb smoking pipe designed to create a contemporary answer to the heavily stigmatized archetype traditionally hidden in the backs of bodegas and delis. The Pipe’s chamber is pierced by a stem which encompasses both its mouthpiece and its carb, a hole used to clear the chamber once filled.

Materials and Dimensions

Borosilicate
11 x 4 x 3 cm

Arid Umbrella Stand

Date

2017

Type

Client: Good Thing

Description

The Arid Umbrella Stand takes advantage of the inherent properties of terracotta. The material is naturally absorbent, wicking away moisture from wet umbrellas inside the container, allowing them to dry rapidly.

Materials and Dimensions

Terracotta and Cork
12.7 x 20.3 x 33 cm

Split Bench

Date

2017

Type

Exhibition: Norway x New York

Description

A heavyweight indoor / outdoor steel structure highlights the inherent beauty of galvanization, a finishing method found on highway guardrails and lampposts. Its patchy iridescent pattern adds a bit of variety to an otherwise strictly geometric object. Collaboration with Sigve Knutson.

Materials and Dimensions

Steel
43 x 131 x 32 cm

About

Everything designed at Jamie Wolfond Studio starts with an observation about the material world. It could be a car’s differential mechanism, a bendy straw, or a patch of lichen that grows only on the shady side of a rock.

We follow our curiosity by conducting hands-on experiments with materials in the studio. We often find ourselves somewhere completely different from where we started, and we see that as a good thing. We hit dead ends and leave ideas on the shelf until one of our experiments asks to be developed into a useful object.

We collaborate with skilled tradespeople to resolve each design. By allowing the strengths of our producers to influence our work, the Studio designs objects that are inherently suited to production — things that want to be made.

The results of this process are at once exceptional and familiar, both reflecting and transforming common elements of material culture.

Photos: Aaron Wynia

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