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GAMES OF FUTURE PAST

Jory Brigham

12th Jul 2016

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Jory Brigham is a California-born artist, designer and builder with a passion for creating longstanding works by hand.

Growing up among generations of woodworkers and craftsmen, he discovered his own creative voice at an early age. Built on top of a philosophy that opts for hand tools and raw materials over a more industrial, mechanized approach, each piece that Jory designs gives credence to these classic methods and it’s because of this that no two pieces can be exactly identical. Though his artistic inspiration draws noticeably from decades throughout the twentieth century, many of Jory's designs also play with colours and textures to pair unique perspectives with classic, mid-century balance.

Brigham’s craft displays his patience and restraint as much as his creative license. A perfect piece of wood may lay idle for weeks as Jory meditates on the shape and form of the material, sometimes making a single cut at a time while waiting for the vision to come to him. “In my approach, I allow the material to dictate what the outcome of any particular piece of furniture will be. I don’t want to ruin a piece by putting too heavy of a hand on it. You’re going to get something with a lot of personality and soul.”

His inclination to dwell upon a heritage look and feel greatly comes to life in his Boardroom Collection, where he has reimagined the classic American games, table tennis and shuffleboard – the Mackenrow and Billingsley, respectively. Creating furniture that borders the functional and aesthetic, Jory aspires to build pieces that evoke conversation and are shared from generation to generation.

“It’s really important to me to build something that’s going to last for a long time; it’s not a disposable product. It’s not something that I’m going to build and people are going to change out for a new piece when they change the colour of their walls…. In the 50s and 60s when people were building heirloom pieces, they bought with the intention to pass them down to their children… Success, for me, is knowing I’ve done everything possible to give each piece a voice and its own personality.”
– Jory Brigham

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