With an upbringing immersed in creativity, designer, maker, crafter and artist Jesse Ede has been surrounded by design and art for as long as he can remember.
Drawn to more natural materials, Ede focuses on being completely unique and not fit into any particular aesthetic. This sense of originality is prevalent in his numerous collections of lunar-themed art and fixtures, particularly the “Orbit” collection.
An evolution from his first light piece called “Eclipse,” “Orbit” is inspired by the “beautiful movement of the galaxy’s moons around their planets,” according to Ede. The piece features elegant metals like bronze and brass that add a dimension of color and texture to the moon-like piece.
Ede prefers to “capture the rough nature of organic surfaces,” he says. He does this by 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.
Much of his life has been spent in workshops and studios, allowing him to naturally acquire a vast range of skills. “My father was an artist and carpenter, so I grew up in and around his studio from a very young age,” says Ede. “I often feel as though I was born to do this, as though it was entirely predetermined for me.”
Though he spent eight years traveling and working, even working as a carpenter for an Antiguan boat-building, much of Ede’s main inspiration comes from space and the universe, as well as looking to nature itself.
“It’s so tempting to draw your inspiration from other artists’ work, but I discovered at a young age, the natural world itself provides all the inspiration you could ever need, and you never run the risk of looking like one-of-many,” he says.
With an assortment of other moon-themed pieces, including a new cantilevered bronze and stone coffee table entitled “Venus,” Ede continues to work and display his strength in creativity.
All photos courtesy Jesse Ede.