LMBRJK products combine the precision of digital design and computerised manufacture with the human sensibilities of traditional woodworking techniques.
Staggering formal execution
Traditional handcraft meets digital design
The studio was founded by husband-and-wife team Jon and Masa Kleinhample, who have developed their own method for making laser-cut wooden furniture with complex organic forms.
"We respect traditional hand-making but at the same time want to push it further, so we get to these shapes and forms that would be very hard to do any other way than with our laser-cut assembly process," explains Masa.
They design and make every piece themselves at their Antwerp workshop, located in a converted coach-house that's part of a regenerated industrial area close to the harbour.
"It's a little LMBRJK compound, where we live on top and our studio's downstairs," Jon says. "We make all the products ourselves and keep everything in our own hands so we really keep control of the process."
LMBRJK began in 2012, inspired partly by a movement for reviving traditional crafts and partly by Jon's experience as an architect, where he felt energised by digital design techniques yet frustrated at being so far removed from the fabrication process.
"We started this at a time when a lot of guys were going back to making stuff in traditional ways and I was super into that, but we wanted to really meld something highly traditional with something highly digital and get that friction," remembers Jon.
A design partnership
The couple work together on every aspect of design and production, refining digital models on the computer screen for weeks before beginning a rigorous process of prototyping and testing.
"Even from the first prototype, it's integral to the process that we're both looking at it," says Jon. "It's a marriage - quite literally - between our two ideas and aesthetics. Without both of us in the process we'd have completely different products."
We create furniture that's a mix between traditional craft and digital design