Ward Wijnant (1987, Tilburg) developed during his studies at the Wood and Furniture College various furniture making techniques and a broad material knowledge. However, manufacturing furniture pieces was not enough for him. Ward missed depth, creativity and the story behind every object. At the Design Academy Eindhoven he learned about conceptual thinking and working. He graduated as an independent designer and started his own company in 2015. Ward’s work is characterized by experimenting with materials: discovering the unexpected in a product is meaningful to him.
With his objects, Ward wants to show the origins of craftsmanship. He sees it as his mission to interpret a diversity of old methods and materials in contemporary design. Attention to detail and finish, as well as the historical understanding of the original artisanal mastery is very important to him. Ward gets inspired by the construction of traditionally made objects: how the materials are handled and how secure joints are constructed. Artisanal methods combined with versatile materials embody a particular aesthetic. This is exactly what Ward wants to show in is designs: how the materials, and the way in which they are processed, influence the shape and the outcome. He shows materials with a new perspective and with a fresh look from ancient craft techniques.