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Born in Cape Town in 1985, Jesse Ede is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach to furniture design. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze and brass, he looks to celebrate the rawness of uncontrollable outcomes, from processes that are uncommonly used. 

Jesse’s childhood was spent at the workbench of his father, an artist, designer, carpenter and leather worker, schooling him in a wide array of skills and sparking a deep love for craft. For eight years he worked as an artisan all around the world, including a long stint as a carpenter for a boat-building company in Antigua. Upon returning to South Africa, he opened a small design and manufacturing studio that provided custom interiors and furniture installations for clients in the commercial sector. 

Jesse’s work for Southern Guild is the outcome of a great deal of experimentation with open-cast smelting. He favours exposing and highlighting the organic nature of his mediums – manipulating them to expose the contrast between the material itself and the man-made processes that form them into collectible furniture. He sources his materials himself, visiting local quarries to select a piece of Malmesbury slate or granite – the character of which dictates his final design. Every new project sees him taking on a new design challenge and adding to his repertoire of skills. 

Jesse has exhibited regularly with Southern Guild since 2016, when his Lunar table – a tabletop of recycled aluminium open-cast onto a single block of slate – was selected for A New Wave, a group show of emerging South African designers. His work has been presented at Design Miami, Christie’s First Open Design Auction and The Salon Art & Design in New York. 

Jesse Ede
Deep Space Mirror

Bronze, Paarl grey granite
30 x 45 x 175 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Deep Space Mirror

Bronze, Paarl grey granite
30 x 45 x 175 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Venus Table

Bronze, stone
130 x 45 x 65 cm
Edition of 20

Jesse Ede
Venus Table

Bronze, stone
130 x 45 x 65 cm
Edition of 20

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Jesse Ede
Orbit

Bronze, brass
115 x 115 x 140 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Orbit

Bronze, brass
115 x 115 x 140 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Eclipse Floor Light

Aliminium, mild steel, stone
110 x 110 x 2.5 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Eclipse Floor Light

Aliminium, mild steel, stone
110 x 110 x 2.5 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Moongazer Chair

Aluminium
130 x 98 x 115 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Moongazer Chair

Aluminium
130 x 98 x 115 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Lunar Console

Aluminium, Malmesbury slate
160 x 40 x 115 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Lunar Console

Aluminium, Malmesbury slate
160 x 40 x 115 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Lunar Table

Slate stone, recycled aluminium
100 x 100 x 50 cm
One-Off

Jesse Ede
Lunar Table

Slate stone, recycled aluminium
100 x 100 x 50 cm
One-Off

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Jesse Ede
Sickle Wall Mounted Mirror

Aluminium, hand silvered glass
110 x 110 x 2.5 cm
Unique

Jesse Ede
Sickle Wall Mounted Mirror

Aluminium, hand silvered glass
110 x 110 x 2.5 cm
Unique

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Jesse Ede
Lunar Bench

Malmesburg slate, recycled aluminium
190 x 45 x 48.5 cm
One-Off

Jesse Ede
Lunar Bench

Malmesburg slate, recycled aluminium
190 x 45 x 48.5 cm
One-Off

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