The Jeremiah Collection Redelivers AwesomeAuthor:Dara Kerr
Over the summer, we told you about one of our favorite SF-based woodworkers, Jeremiah Nielson. We’ve long obsessed over his Mid-Century-style pieces, and were recently stuck by one of his new pieces, the “Bay Window Desk.”
This three-part desk, which sells for $1800, is customized to fit in most bay windows to maximize the often-underutilized space. It’s a great way to show off the highly covetable feature in an apartment or home.
“Bay windows have a pretty standard size, but it can be an awkward situation with two chairs or the build-out style,” Nielson says. “ I wanted to create something that would roughly take care of that problem—it’s just a good solution for a relatively hard spot to furnish.”
Nielson is self-taught and has been customizing wood furniture for nearly 20 years. Growing up in Utah his dad taught him how to use tools and working with his hands came naturally. Since becoming a woodworker, his M.O. has been to make furniture that is not only beautiful but also has a purpose.
“I love making useful furniture—useful furniture that’s pleasing to the eye,” Nielson says. “I use traditional building techniques and shape them into a modern setting.” Nielson’s idea for the Bay Window Desk riffed off of a pair of rounded benches he had earlier built to fit in a bay window. The premise was the same—to best use that irregular space. “ You want to make sure you’re not sitting in this tiny little cock-pit,” he says.
All of Nielson’s furniture is handmade from 100 percent walnut, white oak or reclaimed wood and each piece is one-of-a-kind. Another bonus of the Jeremiah Collection is that it’s relatively affordable. Many of his pieces have an outside structure of solid walnut but the inside may have walnut plywood to keep costs down. For the Bay Window Desk, Nielson used recycled materials. “My target audience is young professionals who are sick of Ikea falling apart on them but who can’t afford high design furniture,” he says. “I want people to get the piece they want at the price they can afford.”
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