Portfolio for Ekte
In early February 2021, I submitted this online portfolio form to Kim Daniel Arthur, the founder of Ekte—an handcrafted furniture studio from the North of Norway (now Løv Finsnekkeri.) This digital approach was necessitated by the absence of an opportunity to personally deliver the printed cards I had prepared. These cards showcased a wooden table I had crafted, serving as a tangible testament to my skills as a furniture maker when I was applying for a job at Ekte studio.
Now, you might be curious about the fusion of roles—a graphic designer venturing into furniture crafting. The answer is simple: I find joy in engaging with diverse projects, learning new skills, or improving the ones I have gained. Also, I needed an interesting job I could enjoy. : )
Below, you’ll find the very page that captured Kim’s attention a few days after our phone call.
Good to talk to you, at least for a moment, 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 color of the coffee table isn’t the same as that of the chair, nor is the exact material, as it otherwise wouldn’t fit in our apartment : ) I hope you can see past that. Furthermore, teak wood is quite expensive, and we are keeping our expenses at a minimum, as my partner and I are still not working after moving to Norway. Yet, you might see the design elements speaking the BV01’s language, I think.
After the visual proposal below, you will glimpse some of the work processes that accompanied me through the making of the table.
Lastly, there is my CV at the bottom that will provide you with additional information about me if you’d like to browse through it, along with my final words.
Anyway, that’s pretty much it for now.
Hope you’ll enjoy it.
I had great fun working on the project. Hopefully, sooner or later, I’ll be able to do more of it and even make a living from it.
By the way, the material is hobbyplate (laminated pine boards). It’s not ideal, but I had to balance out a few factors that led me to the decision. Even though cutting the wood was kind of an art on its own to avoid 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 with instant coffee and protected by non-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 the UK with my partner Méline, as we believe in the same values as Norwegian society does.
Equality, trust, and collaboration, to name but a few. We also believe in the nature we are surrounded by here in Tromsø. Furthermore, we would love to raise our family in such a society and environment.
To find out more about me, just browse the CV. Or even better, get in touch.
(mainly communication based)
Graphic Designer / Founder
working in a graphic design studio with sustainable businesses,
not-for-profit organisations and charities
Project coordinator / Founder
working in a not-for-profit organisation helping people from different
countries to understand each other better
2016 – present
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
Technical College Poprad Slovakia
1995 – 1999
Slovak (mother tongue)
Furniture designing and making
Permaculture (growing food symbiotically)
Sourdough bread baking
Life : )
I’m eager to collaborate with you, even if it’s part-time. Additionally, I’m available to assist with any major projects that might unexpectedly arise, requiring an extra pair of hands.
If there aren’t any immediate openings, I’d still be interested in joining your team as we discussed on the phone. Of course, this is assuming I won’t have committed to another position by then.
Furthermore, if you see potential for me beyond furniture making, or if you’re aware of anyone who could benefit from my skills for a project or two, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could share my contact information – if that’s feasible.
In any case, I’d like to express my gratitude for the inspiration you’ve provided. The experience of working on the project mentioned above was immensely rewarding.
Looking forward to our continued interactions.