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Exciting news, I’ve launched my new professional website! There are two versions: kimjordan.co.uk is in english and kimjordan.fr in français. Go forth and enjoy! Advertisements

BOOM! Call me artisan ébéniste…

A year ago today I was drinking a diabolo menthe in a café in Paris, dreaming about the idea of making furniture for a living. A year later, I have completed the first major step in turning that dream into reality by passing my ‘CAP ébénisterie’! It’s been an amazing year at Ecole Boulle, where…

Light relief therapy.

It’s time for a break. Stop reading about all the crazy stuff that’s happening out there. Stop promising to close your Facebook account. Stop sharing hilarious tweets about how we’re all fu*ked. Instead, let me take you on a beautifully random tour of vaguely furniture-related stories, anecdotes and thoughts. I can’t promise to change your…

A plea for help

  There are many great things about being one of only three foreigners in my class. The looks on people’s faces when you swear loudly in French because you’ve just stabbed yourself with ‘wood scissors’ (that’s what they call a chisel, no jokes). Being able to use the excuse of ‘that’s the English technique’ whenever…

Make stuff, be happy

If you’re a regular Shortlist reader, you might have spotted this recent cover feature on “making stuff”. In it, Matt Hussey explores the recent increase in men swapping their desk jobs for manual labour – whether it’s building bikes or making furniture. According to psychologists it can go some way to combatting male depression, an…

Lil’ Kim

It appears that my woodworking career started much earlier than I thought. Here’s a picture of me taking a mallet to a plank of wood whilst wearing a hat that simply says BOSS. Which is how I’d like you to address me in future.

Launching today: frame me something

Richard Branson started with a record shop. And now look at him! He’s best friends with Usain Bolt and he’s about to send a load of people into almost-space. His cola was crap, but still he’s done well. Well, I decided to take a leaf out of his book (I haven’t actually read his book…

Filaments

If you’ve ever been to a trendy bar in East London, you’ll have seen these trendy lightbulbs. In a bid to acquire some of that trendiness, I decided to replace the horrific bare energy saving numbers in my living room with these. I bought them from http://www.urbancottageindustries.co.uk‘s historic lighting section. I first came across these…

This is the FUTURE. Right now.

These guys are clever. Really clever. They’ve developed an open-source programme that allows people to simply design furniture and have it made and sent to your home. Watch this video. NOW! http://www.sketchchair.cc/ p.s. thanks to Nick Clegg for sending me this

Kenny’s raffle

Kenny (my planner idol and general superhero) is holding a raffle for some charity malark. He’s running some measly distance and wants cash for it.  Pathetic, I know. In return for a £1 raffle ticket you could win: 1) a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey 2) a compromising picture of Missy 3) something made…

Hello puppies!

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Oh shit. Kim’s finally lost the plot. In two years time he’s going to be the subject of a Channel 4 documentary called “the last Samurai” or “Saw 5 + 6” based mostly on Facebook wall-posts (instead of real research) and comments such as “he always seemed…