jasper brinton


Jasper Brinton, designer and woodworker, lives in an old schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania, near the village of Kimberton. Born in 1938 in Alexandria, Egypt, of American parents and raised in the Middle East he attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland, where he received extensive training in traditional joinery from a Clydebank shipwright. After attending the University of Pennsylvania he worked first for a publisher, and then a film maker, before turning to wood, his real passion. This led to a forty year career centered around contemporary furniture and its functional design.

As principle of Brinton Design, which he founded in 1969, Brinton received a grant in1985 from the Carter administration for a demonstration facility / solar workshop and showroom. In an industrial capacity he has worked in Lebanon, France and California, both in the private and contract field.

Over the years Brinton has received numerous commissions from public institutions and private corporations. Some examples include: Plastic furniture, Super Sign, Beirut Lebanon. Villa furnishings, Lockheed Corporation, Riyadh SA. Executive director's suite, Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Conference table, Chester County Library. Interior restaurant design, The Philadelphia Story. Contract office furniture, Triad Condas America, (Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles). Architectural work include: his solar studio, a guest house, some additions and a number of interiors, plus the modernization of five farmhouses in Burgundy.

For individual designs he has received awards from the Civic Center Philadelphia, Delaware Art Museum, Chester Springs Studio and the Wharton Esherick Museum. His work can be found in many area homes. Brinton is married to Lindsay Johnson. They have two children and four grandchildren. Brinton, is currently pursuing an interest in sculpture, printmaking and writing. He consults and co-designs with his son John, an established master woodworker, located near Charlottesville, Virginia.