One of the collective's most creative makers, always thinking of new ways to make furniture beautifully and efficiently.

No two designers are alike, obviously. But no two makers are alike either. The maker has a big influence on the final result.

As a young boy Xinjian wanted to build houses. "My father said it was too dangerous - all that working at height," he recalls. "So he told me to go into furniture making instead." The advice worked out well and, twenty years on, Xinjian has grown fond of his profession. "When I'm given the drawing for a new piece of furniture now, I ask myself how I can make it in the most beautiful and most efficient way." What does he like most about being part of Joined + Jointed? "That the designer and the maker are given equal recognition. Both need to think creatively for the final piece to work out well."