Inside Pickett Furniture.

June 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm 1 comment

Recently, Jeremy Pickett gave Daily Design Idea a personal tour of the Pickett Furniture showroom, his own workspace, and the Red Hook neighborhood. We were fortunate enough to get a close look at several of Jeremy’s one-off pieces like the Ond Bench, the Forbannelse Chair (nicknamed the “Thanksgiving Chair” for how surprisingly easy it is to sink into), and the previously featured Trylle Side Table.

Our favorite piece was the Djevel Dresser, which is grounded in symmetry but maintains its own quirky character.

One of the many impressive characteristics of Jeremy’s work is his use of classic joining methods; The Art of Japanese Joinery is his “bible.”  This approach to woodwork results in incredibly strong and generally metal-free pieces. In fact, the only showroom piece that requires metal for internal support is the stunning Helvete Table, which Jeremy studied in miniature before constructing (pictured below beside the Djevel Dresser model).

Jeremy also collects and repurposes textiles, ranging from Finish Mod cottons to Japanese 18th Century silks. His history of “getting as far off the map” as possible, beginning with a 1997 visit to Hungary, has led to unique shopping opportunities in regions of Scandinavia, Thailand, Japan, Russia, and more. Along the way, he even managed to find some original cloth that was used to carry textiles along the ancient Silk Road.

All this hard work happens in a wood shop in Red Hook, which has some of the best breezes and most gorgeous views that New York has to offer.

June 27’s daily design idea is get to know the designers that you admire. Jeremy Pickett is full of inspiration and surprises (including the way he names his pieces).

Pickett Furniture is located at 204 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41. The showroom is open by appointment Monday- Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm. (347)404-3066.

All photos by Gisela Garrett, with permission from Jeremy Pickett.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Tera Petersen  |  July 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Great interview you really captured what Pickett furniture is all about.


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