We recently spoke with Jory of Jory Brigham Design in San Luis Obispo, California. We originally found him because of this awesome video:
Typically the last thing I made is my favorite thing. Its important to me that I’m always challenged and growing as a builder and designer. I think I’ve made my favorite piece, then time goes by which makes me look at it in a more critical light. It’s not that I dislike the piece, I just think about all of the different things I could have done that I didn’t think of at the time. In the end, I tend to like a piece better if it gave me hell and I lost sleep while creating it. Those are the ones where I feel that I’ve learned something valuable.
Can you describe your path as a maker?
I’ve always made things, ever since I was little. My parents were always very encouraging when it came to supplying me with anything I needed to be creative. It just grew organically, as I have a lot of talented artists and builders in my family. I learned what I could from them, and always found someone to teach me what they could not. I’m still doing the same thing. In my opinion, I have a long way to go until I have the skills and knowledge to make that “favorite thing.” Either way, I’m enjoying the path that I’m on.
What makes your furniture unique?
I strive to create pieces that don’t necessarily fall into a specific category. I try to incorporate as many eras, styles, colors, materials and textures as I can into my furniture. I hope that if I can avoid being placed into a category or genre, then my pieces will be timeless and not go out of style.
“I feel it in my bones, this was what I was created to do. I feel pretty blessed to have found that, and its a very fulfilling feeling.” –Jory Brigham
Can you explain your process of making?
My design process usually starts with caffeine and design magazines or blogs. If I really want to whip something up in my head, I go for a long drive. Once I get the overall shape down, I start building. I don’t sketch too much beforehand so I have the freedom to tweak as I go. Making is always fun because there are constant changes that can be made, and opportunity to make it better if you’re open to it. This is the reason things take me so much longer than I ever expect!
What are your sources of inspiration?
Passion for creating something, and seeing people around me doing what they love.
Do you ever collaborate with other makers?
I collaborated with my dad years ago. As you could imagine, when I was younger he drove me crazy. As i’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it was because he’s a lot like me, and I’m grateful for how much he taught me and impacted what I do now.
Who are some of your favorite makers?
Someone that I’m pretty stoked on is Chad Parkinson (The Furniture Joint). I’ve never met the guy, but he’s coming up with some good stuff out in Utah. Cerno in Southern California, Semigood in Seattle, and Jared Rusten in San Francisco are also great.
What’s next for Jory Brigham Design?
We’re going to keep growing. I’ll also figure out a way to make all of the designs that pop into my head, instead of just the ones that are sure to make money.
Learn more at Jory Brigham Design. Photos via Jory Brigham.
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