Jeff Martin almost became a businessman. And that would have been a real shame for the design industry. As the story goes, Martin instead decided post-college that he wanted to pursue a trade, first becoming a carpenter before realizing he had a talent for furniture design (something he discovered when his wife began asking him to make pieces for their home). After making furniture for friends and family for a few years, and later completing an apprenticeship with renowned Brooklyn furniture maker Palo Samko, Martin set out on his own, opening Jeff Martin Joinery in his native Vancouver.
Now, after five years in business, he's a design industry golden boy. His modern millwork and flawless execution have garnered him recognition in The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, and Elle Sweden, along with a fan club of interior designers (we're card-carrying members) and architects around the world. And did we mention the fact that every piece he makes comes from locally sourced, sustainable hardwood?
Enough gushing. We'll let the furniture speak for itself.
JMJ BRONZE SHAKER TABLE // Martin uses a lost-wax casting process to create this farmhouse-style table, a reimagined piece from the 1700s. The top is inlayed with his signature bronze metal rings.
THE CREDENZEL WASHINGTON // First, a pause to appreciate the nickname Martin bestowed on this piece. Then, more praise for the fact that this credenza was specifically created with an assymetrical design in order to fit a record player on the right-hand side.
JMJ MONOLITH TABLE // Martin's take on the pedestal table features a cast bronze base and a marble top, again embedded with his signature metal rings.
ZOE PAWLAK COLLECTION // Martin teamed up with Montreal-based artist and designer Zoe Pawlak to launch a line of hand-painted credenzas at ICFF earlier this year. Have you ever seen a more beautiful marriage?
For more on Jeff Martin Joinery, visit his site at jeffmartinjoinery.ca.