Jason Winder

North Yorkshire furniture maker’s young apprentice launches mid-century range

Jason WinderA young design graduate who is undergoing an apprenticeship in furniture making has brought his own up-to-the-minute style to the North Yorkshire furniture firm where he is being trained.

Jason Winder, 25, has launched a contemporary mid-century style range of pieces for bespoke design specialists Designermakers in Nidderdale.

Jason said: 

The classic mid-century look which harks back to the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, is currently dominating interior design.

My work combines the retro appeal of the stripped-back functionalism of the era with modern features, including the use of warm oak and marquetry.

Jason graduated from Leeds University in Product Design and then specialised in Furniture Design at Leeds College of Art. His influences include US designers Charles and Ray Eames and Scandinavians Hans J Wegner and Borge Mogensen.

Jason added: 

I’m extremely grateful to Designermakers for giving me what is effectively an intensive apprenticeship in the art of making fine furniture and I have been able to use these skills along with my design knowledge to create the first of my new range, the Archie bookshelf (pictured). It is a simple, understated piece and I plan on designing a range of furniture based on it.

David Wilson of Designermakers said:

Jason’s involvement in the Designermakers business is enabling him to learn both traditional and current furniture making techniques and we are delighted that we will now have his inspirational products as part of our gallery range.


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