Portfolio for Ekte
In early February 2021, I delivered this portfolio to Kim Daniel Arthur, the founder of Ekte (handcrafted furniture studio from the North of Norway) as there wasn’t an opportunity to hand him over the printed cards I prepared.
The reason is that among other things I enjoy doing is also designing, making and using furniture. But I might tell you about it later, hopefully.
Down below you’ll find the exact page that Kim found a couple of days after our phone call.
Good to talk to you at least for a moment the last Friday over the phone.
The portfolio for Ekte
Further down you’ll find my recent furniture project, a coffee table that partially demonstrates my thinking and skills.
The design is inspired by Bjørn Viggo Ottem’s (graphic designer at Tank, Tromsø) BV01 Lounge Chair created by you, Ekte.
The colour of the coffee table is not the same as on the chair. Neither the exact material as it otherwise wouldn’t fit in our apartment : ) I hope that you can see through it. Furthermore, teak wood is quite expensive and we keep our expenses at a minimum, as I and my partner are after moving to Norway still not working. Yet, you might see the design elements talking the BV01’s language, I think.
After the visual proposal below you will glimpse some of the work processes accompanying me through the making of the table.
Lastly, there is my CV at the bottom that will give you some additional information about me if you like to browse it through, and my final words.
Anyway, that is pretty much it for now.
Hope you’ll enjoy it.
I had great fun to work on the project. Hopefully sooner or later I’ll be able to do more of it and even make some living from it.
By the way, the material is hobbyplate (laminated pine boards). It’s not an ideal one but I had to balance out a few factors taking me to the decision. Even though cutting the wood was kind of art on its own without cracking it, the hobbyplate is quite flexible and well bonded I found. Nevertheless, let’s see how long it’ll last when carefully used.
The coffee table is stained by an instant coffee and protected by not-toxic Shellac. Finally, the legs are attached to the open shelf and the top by 6mm dowels and glued with a PVA water-based glue.
View from the Varden Toppen in Tromsø towards south and the town centre
Hei, I am Jozef who moved to Tromsø from UK with my partner as we believe in the same values as Norwegian society does.
Equality, trust and collaboration to name but a few. We also believe in nature we are surrounded by here in Tromsø. Furthermore, we would love to bring up our family in such a society and the environment.
To find out more about me just browse the CV. Or even better, get in touch!
(mainly communication based)
Graphic Designer / Founder
(part time) working in a graphic design studio with sustainable businesses,
not-for-profit organisations and charities
Project coordinator / Founder
(part time) working in a not-for-profit organisation helping people from different
countries to understand each other better
2016 – present
(part time) working with the British National Health Service and local government
in Sheffield as interpreter predominantly with Slovak Roma (Gipsy)
2013 – 2020
Night shelter worker
working as a volunteer with charity called Assist and with asylum seekers in a
night shelter to stay with them over night and support them whenever needed
2017 – 2020
Bachelor of Arts / Graphic Design
University of Hull Great Britain
2008 – 2011
Urban planning and Architecture
Technical College Poprad Slovakia
1995 – 1999
Slovak (mother tongue)
Furniture designing and making
Permaculture (growing food symbiotically)
Sourdough bread baking
Life : )
Working with you.
It would be great to work with you at least part-time if possible. I could even help you out with a major project if it jumps from around the corner and you will need temporarily another pair of hands.
If there is nothing at the moment and you will be interested to take me on board in the future, as you mentioned over the phone, that would be good too, if I won’t be working somewhere else at the time.
In the end, if you think that I could help you with something else then furniture making, or you know anyone who I could help out with a project or two, forward them my details if that’s not a big ask.
Otherwise, I would like to thank you for the inspiration.
I had a great time and experience working on the project : )
Ha det bra.