Nicholas Jenson was born in 1977 in America’s rural west. He realized early in life that the built environment around him was made up of relatively few materials which, when organized and processed, became any number of things. Wood and fiberglass became a kayak or a sailplane, boulders became a retaining wall, and leather could be a radiator gasket or a handbag.
A frugal upbringing taught him the importance of practical design and durability. “Buy the best and only cry once” was the unofficial motto of his family and it applied to everything from shoelaces to kitchen utensils.
On his 10th birthday, his family presented him with an old western saddle from the basement of his great grandmother. It wasn’t particularly practical for a boy without a horse, but as an object it was fascinating; a beautiful combination of…
- Joined March 15, 2011