Jacob Pugh

Jacob Pugh

Design Story

The birds of Jacob Pugh can be found around the globe, from Chile to Byron Bay. But it is in York, in the north of England that these beautiful handcrafted design objects are created.

Jacob combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technologies to create timeless design pieces. Bringing a unique contemporary style and a great attention to detail, his work has been widely recognised in the world of design.

Jacob comes from a very creative background and was encouraged to follow an artistic path from a young age. His parents always did creative things themselves at home, from interior design to artwork. They even made a car once: “We were always encouraged to get involved and help out. We did a lot of art at home and at school.” Today the five Pugh brothers all have creative professions, older brother Matt Pugh also being an internationally known designer.

Jacob began studying art and design technology but soon discovered that furniture design was what he wanted to do. He specialised in furniture design and craftsmanship at university and launched Splinter Designs in 2005. At the beginning he led a small collective of several young designers that exhibited together across London to get contract work. At that time, they came up with the idea of having a small object that could be displayed during design fairs so that visitors would be able to buy them and remember their designers.

It took him three years to develop the current birds while staying busy with his contract work. The launch was a real success and today Jacob is still amazed to see how far they have travelled.

Discover how Jacob creates the birds in his studio in the below video:

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These little birds have a great personality and bring touches of stylish contemporary design to the spaces they inhabit. The birds are available in walnut or sycamore and in a wide range of colours.