I have a design background in architecture and started making furniture as a student. I most enjoy exploring organic, nature inspired form, and the idea of form as an intuitive language which evokes an emotive response. After exploring work approaches in many materials I have chosen wood as my primary medium, I love the connection it has to the natural world and the fact that good forestry management can ensure a sustainable supply.
My design process involves moving to prototyping as early as possible, and evolving the design and production process alongside each other.
Our work is all produced in our factory in Woodstock, Cape Town. We have a people oriented approach which includes training new staff from scratch and up skilling our workforce from handwork to management. Vogel is a family design and maker business run by husband and wife team John & Terri Vogel.
John Vogel is one of the more successful designers in the Southern Guild stable, and his work continues to receive recognition world wide.