Our managing director Khan Erkeksoy started out his working career as a carpentry apprentice, working on building renovations throughout Sussex, UK. Despite being a natural craftsman and now a skilled carpenter, the often solitary nature of this line of work resulted in Khan, a social and outgoing person, packing away his tools and volunteering at a school of children with behavioural difficulties, where he enjoyed mentoring students and later became a teaching assistant. In doing this, Khan found the community that was absent on site, however he also surrendered his avenue for creative expression and stimulation. Unable to exercise this desire by implementing alternative approaches to learning, he soon became disillusioned by the restrictive nature of a bureaucratic education system.
Trained as a carpenter, our director Khan Erkeksoy recognised the potential for the material’s industrial yet warm aesthetic whilst working alongside other trades. The high demand for his subsequent designs has brought together onto the workshop floor a range of young talents from across the city, from artists, product designers to blacksmiths who all take pride in producing high quality, original pieces.
Proper Copper Design is by all means ‘grass roots’ in the nature of its development, operating from a garden shed in the suburbs of Brighton for two years prior to moving to our Hove based workshop in October 2017. The resulting workshop structure is one that prioritises team development over financial gain, and as a team we are moving in a direction that aims to nurture skill sharing and traineeship, from skills needed to succeed in an increasingly digital orientated world, to timeless crafts such as coppersmithing, carpentry/joinery and metalworking.