The House That Jack Built

I have some very creative friends, doing amazing things in this world.

A little dream of mine is that this blog becomes popular enough that I can showcase up and coming creative who are shaking up the industry with new and different things and I always loved people who have a side project something that they are passionate about that they pour their heart and soul into, and that is exactly what my school friend James (or rather Jack as we all call him) has done with The House That Jack Built.

I really want you all to see the amazing things that Jack is doing, because I was blown away by the pieces he has been creating that have popped up on my Facebook timeline. I personally love this work and I can’t wait to have one of this one of a kind piece in my house one day.  I asked Jack some questions so you can get to know my amazing friend and see how freaking talented he is. Disclaimer you are going to want one of this pieces in your house, you are.

Meet Jack, from The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

What is The House that Jack Built?

Accurately, it’s a poem from the 16th Century. Diagrammatically in my logo, it’s the original front elevation of the American White House done in 1793 by James Hoban. But, like the poem, a cumulative story; it’s an Interior and Furniture Design company that has evolved in line with my life.

How did The House that Jack Built come into being?

Even though my name is James, my family and close friends have called me Jack since my childhood, and being an Interior Designer, I somewhat “build houses”. It was a natural progression, really. The logo is modeled on my dream house – an American plantation home. Wikipedia explains the song, “[the story] does not tell the story of Jack’s house, or even of Jack who built the house, but instead shows how the house is indirectly linked to other things and people.” I love that. I love that I find these pieces, pour passion and creativity into them and pass them on as a story that is mine, but that is completely detached from me as the piece is sold, it becomes your story. It’s all a clever symmetry at the end of the day, don’t you think? (Yes, Yes we do Jack)

What service does The House that Jack Built offer?

Little of my day-to-day job is residential, but so far, that’s all that THTJB focusses on, predominantly furniture. I have done a few small stores and a few parts of homes. I modernize and refurbish pieces, called depiction pieces. I make “designed art” which I purposefully ensure will fit in with your home, whilst making sure it’s still art – interesting and one-off. I’ve done murals, fit-outs and custom furniture for clients too. I also am about to launch a range of custom items I’ve actually made for myself, for the public, look out for it – “In Jack’s House.”

The House That Jack Built

What is your favourite piece that has come out of The House That Jack built?

Without being wishy-washy about it, I have no favourite. Because I’m essentially doing this alone, each piece takes a lot of my time and energy and they all get an amazing amount of love. They’re all unique too. I’ll never repeat items or collections in exactly the same manner. “I never look back darling, it distracts from the now.” – Edna Mode, The Incredibles.

The House That Jack Built

Where is your favourite place to go furniture hunting in Joburg?

OLX, charity stores, other people’s houses, emigrating friends – I’ve found items in a back-alley store in Dullstroom before. I’m a complete opportunist.

The House That Jack Built

What style tips would you give to someone when it comes to buying pieces of their home?

These things are so subjective, but keep all your timbers dark, then it doesn’t matter what type of wood you have in your home, untreated teak or dark-stained pine, it’ll always match better. Rather do this than deal with yellowed Oregon and Maple. It just dates better.

The House That Jack Built

Who is your design inspiration?

Hopefully, when I’m big I’ll be the Tom Ford of furniture. Praise.

The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

Now that you are all lusting after these incredible pieces, if you would like to get in touch with Jack all his contact details and social media platforms are listed below

Instagram: @thisisthehousethatjackbuilt

Facebook: The House That Jack Built

Email: (no “.za” at the end)

  • Jack Rautenbach

    May 11, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply

    Thank you so much for the feature my friend! This is incredible. YOU’RE incredible! ❤️

    • Justine

      May 12, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply

      Thank you so much for letting me feature your beautiful work!

  • Darren Cohen

    May 15, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply

    Such a talented person who deserves all the credit he gets ,onwards and upwards

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