An artist, manufacturer, craftsman, teacher,
visionary, and entrepreneur, Jonathan Locke redefines
and revitalizes what some believe is lost, true craftsmanship. As
one of the world’s
emerging top custom furniture fabricators, Jonathan has conceptualized
and transformed all types of wood into elegant and versatile pieces
Born into a lineage of artists and craftsman,
Jonathan has emerged to follow his roots with an affinity for
constructing wood furniture.
From childhood, Jonathan had the gift of creating and piecing things
together. He remembers going to the lumber yard by himself at the
age of fourteen while his peers engaged in childhood activities,
such as ping pong. By the time he was 16 years old, Jonathan was
honing his skills and had created a table out of old pallets, taken
first place at numerous kite design competitions and received local
acclaim as a young aspiring craftsman in his native home of Georgetown,
Guyana. It wasn’t until a family friend suggested to Jonathan
that he become a furniture designer that he decided to take his
craft to new heights and popularize his gift of craftsmanship.
With the pursuit of perfecting and mastering his craftsmanship
in mind, Jonathan flew on holiday to England to visit his grandmother.
While in England, he was taken by his grandmother to the prestigious
school of world renowned furniture maker, John Makepeace. There
he was exposed to a variety of exhibits that captured his spirit.
Driven with excitement, eagerness, and ambition, Jonathan realized
his calling-his vision in life was to focus on furniture making.
Jonathan took the initiative and decided to educate himself by
taking craftsman classes at a school in England. However, he soon
faced adversity with little financial support for school. Although
faced with this challenge, Jonathan continued to pursue his craft
and made the decision to move to New York City.
In New York Jonathan persevered. With the educational expertise
from Leeds Design Workshop in East Hampton, Massachusetts and interior
design course at Parson’s School of Design,
Jonathan was offered a starting position at New York’s leading
furniture designing firm Dakota Jackson. At Dakota Jackson, he quickly rose
to the top position where he specialized in veneering, building
custom pieces and prototype development. Armed with that, Jonathan
set up shop by establishing his very own custom furniture manufacturing
company, Timehri Workshop, where beautifully designed pieces of
furniture are made for a variety of designers.
Jonathan’s gift to produce furniture has
availed him national and international acclaim. He was awarded
a Certificate of
Excellence for Home & Office Cabinetry from the Association of
the American Institution of Architects (2001) and has worked on mass production
projects in Bogotá, Columbia and Georgetown, Guyana.
Furthermore, Jonathan’s distinctive fabricating and problem
solving skills have received widespread public recognition at the Museum
of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt Museum and many publications, such as ShopDesign
(2000), Architectural Digest (2001), Small Spaces (2001), Chicago
Tribune Magazine (2003), and Living Large in Small
From corporate offices to celebrity homes including Mercedes
Snipes and John McEnroe, to the
displays of Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s,
Jonathan has fabricated and created furniture for a dynamic roster
designers. Through his pursuits, Jonathan has matured like the
many craftsmen before him and aspires to continue to broaden his
range of work and create things that embody the spirit and vision
of every client.
With more than 20 years of fine craftsmanship
and furniture manufacturing, Jonathan has only just begun. One
of his future endeavors includes
creating his own television show where he hopes to demystify the
process of furniture making by presenting to the viewers how physical
objects go together in a practical, yet innovative way. Jonathan’s
work can only be called exquisite and his skills should be appreciated,
as it is truly an exceptional art. Jonathan is in fact one of the
premier craftsmen and artists of his generation. While running
Timehri Workshop, Jonathan has been teaching furniture making at Parson’s
School of Design for the last 4 years.