Jeremy Kamiya designs and builds beautiful, hand-crafted, modern furniture without nails or screws.  (Durham, NC) Member -   Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild   Exhibiting Artist -   Mill Collective   (High Point, NC)

Jeremy Kamiya designs and builds beautiful, hand-crafted, modern furniture without nails or screws.  (Durham, NC)
Member - Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
Exhibiting Artist - Mill Collective (High Point, NC)

 
 

Why no metal fasteners?

Originally, it was something to do to set me apart - and it was a compelling challenge to myself.  I also liked the idea of true solid-wood piece, especially in today’s context of plywood, particle board and veneer.  Consequently, I feel like it has made me a better designer - forcing me to take a closer look at the composition of a piece, or at least examining a different perspective than I might have otherwise.  And I am sure it is making me a better craftsman - pieces need to fit precisely, and proper execution of a perfect fit ensures structural integrity, for generations.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

My wife and I began importing furniture from Bali around 2014.  She’s from Bali,  and it seemed like a business worth pursuing; a way to stay connected to our family there.  We had a small showroom and discovered that the most frequently asked question was, “Are you the artist?” As a creative person myself, I just got tired of saying, “No.”  In 2016, we decided to stop importing and we diverted our investment into tools.   

Did you have any prior woodworking experience?

No, but I watched a lot of Youtube.  First, safety videos to scare me, then build videos to inspire me.  I don’t copy plans or borrow designs, but gaining basic instruction is so easy today there’s really no excuse not to be able to learn.  So now I upload videos sharing my methods and designs, with the hope that someone will find them entertaining or even useful.  

How would you describe your designs?

Modern Craft.  The designs I express might be described as Modern with some Minimalist virtues, and our construction demonstrates a reverence for craftsmanship, simplicity and originality.  

What’s the best thing about what you do?

Creating - I’m a creative person, made by the Creator, who finds joy in creating.  When I’m creating, I never question my purpose, and I know my mind and my body are put to good use.

"If you really want to get to know me, check out my Instagram (or facebook) videos." 

  - Jeremy Kamiya | 323-346-9626