artist spotlight - jonathan january

Today I am so excited to share another interview with a talented craftsman and designer -  Jonathan January . He makes beautiful furniture and home decor products using reclaimed materials. Rustic and contemporary at the same time, many of his creations are  one of a kind pieces of art !




1. Natural Edge Maple Burl Bowl Centrepiece 
2. Natural Bamboo and Soy Candle Set 
3. Salvaged Myrtle wood Balanced Wine Bottle  Display 
4. Maple Burl Bowl  Centerpiece

Jonathan, tell us a bit about your shop and the idea behind it.

I specialize in reclaimed materials, healthy and environmentally friendly finishes, and run a full custom furniture and fabrication shop. I have a brick and mortar retail store in Oregon. I have been designing and fabricating for seven years, but I formally started this brand about three years ago.
I am a strong advocate of recycling in its many forms, and I am proud to offer historic lumber products a second life as a work of art or furniture.
Much of my reclaimed lumber was milled over 100 years ago, and once it has been re purposed into furniture, the products are truly modern-antique. I am very hands-on and highly personalized from the earliest stages of design, through fabrication and delivery. Due to the age, color, grain, and source of the materials, each piece is unique and one of a kind, and is customizable to the smallest detail. I pride myself  in offering sustainable, responsible, and healthful solutions for my customers' design needs.

Do you have any formal training ?

I have a library card!

What inspires you?

I love design challenges, and improving on themes where others have failed or have taken shortcuts. I try to design with a view towards being as timeless and pan-genre as I can, and to best show the character already present in the materials through intelligent and responsible design.

What are your favourite materials to work with?

Very old reclaimed architectural salvage has a great visual and surface quality, and though we work with a very wide variety of materials, I believe this is where we excel.

How would you describe your work in five words?

We can make practically anything.


What has been your most popular item so far?

Our Reclaimed Timber Desk Caddy is a popular web sale item. It has been featured on Uncrate.com, Dagens Nyheter ( Sweden's largest daily newspaper) and will be in Icon Magazine ( UK)   and OnOffice Magazine ( UK ) this winter. I would say our large Trestle tables are the most popular item, but the Caddy is also very popular and  affordable.


Who are your favourite artists/designers/craftsmen ?

Tom Waits is on in the workshop an awful lot. I really like the Chinese artist Liu Bolin right now as well.


What have been the biggest challenges faced so far in this career ?

Since we work on such a wide variety of items and projects, logistics and scheduling is one of the biggest challenges we face.......and lots of smashed and nicked fingers.

What are your best marketing tips?

Stay very active with your clientele, communicate; stay up late and get up early.

What are you working on right now? Do you have any upcoming projects?

We are pretty much booked out about 3-4 months in advance right now. We just finished a massive trestle table and bench dining set, and we are doing an even larger conference table made from a single Redwood slab at the moment. We stock a lot of smaller items as well, so they are a constant to stay on top of.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

Someone asked me that 2 years ago, and I predicted the brand would be where it is now 5 years from that point.....so we are well ahead of schedule......5 years from now, I can only hope things will continue to grow and allow us to continue to produce the items we do.

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2 comments

  1. What a great interview! Thank you for highlighting Jonathan's gorgeous work! I am now a fan, and I know my husband will be too- I can't wait to share this!

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  2. Thank you so much, Erin :) I love the rustic feel of his work, the raw edges - it reminds me of life in the countryside, back in Romania.

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