Designer, John Vogel trained as an architect and first started creating furniture as a student.
Having worked in many materials, his strongest affinity is for timber and most of his inspiration comes from the natural world and the exploration of organic forms. Working with the pretext that the state of our consciousness is proportional to the quality of our relationship with nature, the focus of his work is to create simple and imaginative pieces which create connections between people and the natural world.
As a company Vogel explores new and original applications for existing craft and technologies, creating original products which contribute to a new South African design language while remaining focused on producing furniture that is beautifully finished, functional and timeless.
The Vogel workshop is based in Woodstock, Cape Town where John designs, prototypes and manufactures in-house to supply quality products to anywhere in the world.
John believes strongly in sustainability and therefore Vogel’s business model is circular in metabolism: tree planting through projects like Greenpop is funded from products sold, and in time more wood is being replaced than used.