OUR STORY & INSPIRATION
To put it simply we believe design should be great, long lived or unobtrusive to nature.
Design should be great on all levels, not just from an "oooo isn't that pretty" level.
Design should be well made, timeless and fit for the present day.
THE LIFE STORY BEHIND TAYLOR JACKS
Nick, the founder of Taylor Jacks, has always loved being outdoors & enjoying
the most of the countryside around his home county of Staffordshire.
Richmond Upon Thames is where he now calls home, with plenty of parks, museums, galleries, and exhibitions on his doorstep, which is also where you're most likely to find him.
From a young age he's always had an interest in design, antiques & collectables. His childhood consisted mostly of sitting with his Nan watching 'Bargain Hunt' and 'Flog It' back to back, usually accompanied by an endless amount of tea and biscuits, which didn't go a miss!
In his teens he started making his way around the charity shops and car boot sales in search for those special finds, which was also a great excuse for tea & hot doughnuts from the catering stands. If you haven't realised yet, he has a really sweet tooth, which you can also blame his Nan for.
He always saw all of this as fun rather than a career, which is why he chose to go down a horticultural design route, combining design & the outdoors. This resulted in becoming involved in tree surgery, the opportunity to spend everyday outside, and be given tea & biscuits all day by customers...what
more can you ask for! Unfortunately that all came to an end when his head got in
the way of a falling conifer.
Constantly looking up for falling trees, he felt he needed to branch out
and find his next calling...auction houses.
He started visiting local auction houses, buying and selling bits & bobs, whilst constantly asking auctioneers for the opportunity to become a porter lugging around the heavy wardrobes just to get his foot in the door. Eventually one caved in, gave him a shot, and he became the saleroom manager before he knew it! This well and truly fueled his addiction for form, style, and design.
A few more years down the line and he thought..."I'm 24, getting on a bit, wouldn't it be great to do a degree!" So that's what he did, left the auction house, and began on a product design path following
his love for creativity. Throughout the degree he worked at a toy design company, a timber factory, appeared in adverts, won design competitions, and went on European design tours...some of
the best & inspirational years of his life. Then completed it all with a First which was great!
Next up was London, the daunting big smoke. When visiting an exhibition at the NEC, he bumped into a gift design company with a job opportunity in East London, this became his next venture. He moved to the greenest outdoorsy area he could find around the capital, into a property next door to Sir David Attenborough...which makes logical sense...in Richmond. From then on he's designed over 10
original products that have gone to mass market. You can see some of them on our site.
He enjoys design and creativity of both the old & the new, and feels that from all of his knowledge and experience that modern day design as a whole should be a lot better. There are products from the past that have been designed & made so well which are unfortunately overlooked, and there are so many new products that unfortunately are poorly created, which are seen and bought by millions.
This is where Taylor Jacks comes in.
Nick's aim is to combine all he has learned over the past 30 years to create & showcase great design.
Design should be well thought through, well made, created to last, or be unobtrusive to nature.
Life story over...now time to enjoy the tea and biscuits!
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