My name is Jo Meyer and, originally from Australia, I have been based in Edinburgh, Scotland since the 1990s. After spending many years admiring good design, especially in beautiful natural materials, I left a corporate career to metamorphose into Josephine M, designer and maker of fine furniture, leather goods and objets d’art.
While training in furniture design, making and restoration at Chippendale International School of Furniture, I was drawn to design and make “non-square”, unconventional furniture, including my final project the Tish Surprise Chair. After that course I spent some time learning leather work, specifically exploring traditional methods including saddle stitching and wet-moulding. This exploration started with bag making and soon moved into mask making. More recently I’ve been getting back into woodwork with hand tools, starting with spoon carving.
One of my key furniture design concepts is a range I call Vagabond. After moving home multiple times I identified the need for quality unique furniture that can be easily transported. The concept is all about creativity, quality, and absolute practicality, designed with modern mobility in mind. All Vagabond furniture, no matter how large, is designed and hand-crafted to be easily dismantled, moved and reassembled. The Forest Desk was my first piece of Vagabond furniture.
While at Chippendale I discovered a decorative Celtic knot which is sometimes called a Josephine or lovers’ knot. It is also a nautical knot called a carrick bend known for strength in joining two ropes securely and as a lovers’ knot it intertwines separate links to make a whole. The name, along with the symbolism of strength and connection, fit so well with my vision for Josephine M that I simply had to use it as my logo.
Working primarily in leather and wood, I am also interested in incorporating other materials in my work and will collaborate with other artisans when required to create a desired piece.
Enquiries and commissions are welcome.