Jesse Ede is a designer, maker, crafter and artist. With an upbringing immersed in creativity, Ede has been surrounded by design and art for as long as he can remember. Much of his life has been spent in workshops and studios, allowing him to naturally acquire a vast range of skills. Ede worked and travelled the world for eight years before moving back to Cape Town, spending some time working as carpenter for an Antiguan boat-building company. His work on classic sailing boats, allowed him to further more hone his carpentry skills.
In his work, Ede is drawn to more natural materials, ones that do not necessarily appear ‘finished’. He enjoys capturing the rough nature of truly organic surfaces, manipulating them to expose the contrast between the material itself and the man-made processes that form them into sculptures. Ultimately, he looks to celebrate the rawness of uncontrollable outcomes, from processes that are uncommonly used.
Ede is the co-owner of JesseJames Design, a Cape Town-based initiative, delivering tailored design for your home, space and brand, and has worked with large international brands such as Red Bull, Reebok and Virgin.
All photographs by Devin Paisley.