What special techniques do you use?
In addition to classical techniques of cabinetmaking and woodworking, I bend wood using a technique developed by Michael Thonet in the early 20th century for his legendary coffee house chair no. 214. The wood is made bendable by means of steam and shaped with special bending tools.
How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Tradition, especially in craft, is always a fertile ground from which to draw. However, you have to be able to break away from it to be innovative. My Ta-imo table combines these two aspects very clearly. The traditional bending technique is used here, as it was 200 years ago, to create contemporary furniture.
© Jonas Nitsch
Does simplicity in the result imply complexity in the creation process?
An idea does not usually come as a brainwave, but is the result of many attempts, mistakes and repetitions. It often requires an enormous tolerance for frustration and a very intensive design process in advance. Few people see this when they look at a finished work.
Is your craft still relevant today?
Carpentry in general, certainly yes. However, there are traditional techniques that are at risk of being forgotten. I see that there are far fewer small workshops in Germany that still make artistic and fine furniture. In comparison, there is a much larger scene in England or France, for example.