Jennifer Finnigan is a Cardiff based designer and maker. Enjoying both the precision of woodwork and the intricacy of wirework, she combines the two in her current work by inlaying wire by hand into various hardwoods. Her furniture incorporates mid-century modern design principles including minimalist form and an honest expression of materials.
The inlay pattern of each piece develops uniquely, following the natural figuring of the wood grain. Each piece of wood is thoughtfully chosen and cut down to create the most dramatic inlay pattern as possible. To inlay, Jennifer hand carves along wood and then deepens with a diamond tipped rotary tool. Wire is then carefully hammered in and sanded down. The direct contrast of metal to wood created highlights the beauty of each material, the making process and the function of the pieces themselves.
She is currently expanding her domestic and commercial ranges by combining her traditional wood working skills with new CNC technologies to include homewares and smaller interior pieces.
Excellence in Design awarded by Austin-Smith: Lord Architects, Cardiff, 2016.
Countdown to Launch Winner, Cardiff, 2016.
Third Place Bespoke Award, Young Furniture Makers, London, 2016.