Jonathan Trayte comes from a background in fine art sculpture, and also has had broad experience in other fields that allows him to create such characteristic art furniture.
Jonathan Trayte was born in 1980 in Huddersfield, UK. Trayte’s work has been included in numerous international exhibitions. Trayte’s approach to furniture and lighting design is the combination of his fine art/sculpture background and his training as a chef and foundry metal worker. All of his skills and interests merge together to create one dreamy installation, which features furniture designs that are both playful and functional.
Familiar objects like lamps or a bedroom and dining set morph into strange compositions where natural forms and glossy synthetic skins of paint converge. The range of materials that he incorporates into this repertoire is extremely wide – painted bronze, leather, wood, marble and neon – as is the scope of his imagery. Most important are consumables like bulbous melons and gourds, confections, and deli meats, all of which he renders with great affection and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
His collection includes pieces that are definitely not for the conventional-minded.
Thanks to his background in the catering industry, Trayte has a visceral feel for the texture of produce, which he applies in unexpected ways to the objects and their mise en scène. Trayte also draws from the colorful designs of candy wrappers and snack packaging that he collects from around the world.
We’ve seen the Memphis trend run rampant at furniture fairs and design weeks over the past few years, and Trayte’s designs definitely fit somewhere in the more stripped down, minimal end of that vibrant spectrum. In a sense, his designs fall on the trendier side, but through the incorporation of textures reminiscent of food and kitchen tools and his use of striking, linear forms, Trayte manages to push the limits of the Memphis style, creating a unique, delicious category of his own.