DesignErg came about as a result of wanting something that truly reflected my creative approach – something I loved to do. Functional, ergonomic design interwoven with an aesthetically pleasing form is what I strive for. Perfectionism and a desire for the highest quality of product is at the very heart of what DesignErg is about.

I started my furniture making apprenticeship with a local kitchen design company in Wanganui at the age of 17 after leaving high school. Here I learned my trade, completed my 8000 hours and passed the trade certificate examination.

During my 15 years this company I learned all aspects of the trade, specialising in kitchens and bathrooms including everything from the planning procedure to manufacture and installation. The most important lesson that I learned from this was the awareness of and need for excellence in regarding our client’s needs. With the introduction of new machinery and technology I became the production and program manager, and for the last 2 years of my tenure I was the foreman, coordinating management and floor staff.

With the creation of DesignErg in mind, I decided to broaden my skill base and took up a position at Sorensen Furniture, specialising in upper-market contemporary solid furniture. I have been working with Sorensen furniture in the production team for the past 2 years, enhancing my skills to provide the highest quality product with value for money for my present and future DesignErg customers. Please feel free to peruse the DesignErg portfolio and I look forward to working with you to design your new kitchen, bathroom or custom made units.

Jonathan Hodson – DesignErg.