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Jake Bontoft is an Industrial designer based in Newcastle upon- Tyne, working within the spectrums of product, furniture, and interior accessory design.
His design focus is to produce innovative and provocative work which is steeped in meaning, justification, and social commentary. The goal with all his work is to design objects with cost effectiveness and simplicity to manufacture in mind with the aim to produce low-cost objects accessible to a wider audience.
Having travelled to almost 40 countries and 35 states in America, travel plays a big part of this 23 year old designer’s life and inspires his work greatly. Self-motivated, passionate and driven, the travel of this designer was funded by a solo venture when he was 17-19 years old dealing in retro furniture design online (importing from the USA and selling across Europe).
With a passion for the exotic, the interesting, and quirky Jake spends his free time scouring junk shops and charity shops attempting to find such objects for his collection of ‘object of influence’ which he surrounds himself with.
Nomadic Shipping Crate Furniture
A combination of recession and a fundamental shift in the nature of home ownership in recent times has deprived some of a ‘home’ and created a state of non-permanence. The Nomad storage table is part of the ‘Design for Non-permanence’ range, which comments on the nomadic lifestyle of Britons (in terms of property) caused by the state of the British economy.
The crate is designed to act as a piece of furniture whilst also acting as a storage/ moving crate. This functional object allows the user to create a feeling of ‘home’ in the room it is placed… however long that may be!
Construction: Nail-gunned Plywood on to pine carcass.
Materials: laser etched 6mm birch plywood, pine