By Sayaka Matsuoka
March 28-April 3, 2019
CULTURE Old World craftsmanship in High Point design space
Shot in the Triad
Jeremy Kamiya’s woodwork fuses a Mid-century Modern aesthetic with ancient techniques.
eremy Kamiya walks around the bright, open exhibition space and points to a striped entryway table with spindly legs and a smooth, buttery top. He notes where the joints of the piece meet, the corners flush, not a single screw in sight. “In the old days they would hide the joinery,” he says as he holds the lightweight tiger-maple table upside down. “But it’s cool cause you can see that someone made it.” Rather than using hardware to put together his pieces, Kamiya says he prefers his method of sliding perfectly complementary parts together, like pieces in a puzzle, and gluing them into place. The result makes his pieces look like single, continuous pieces of wood, like sculp-
An entryway table is constructed without screws or nails.
tures carved out of marble. Actually, Kamiya says, each piece is made from a single tree but that the components are fitted together like Legos. “The leg is constructed by a square peg and square hole,” he explains. Behind the table, three more similar designs stand in a row, in darker wood. Next to those, smaller, circular side tables create a boundary between his pieces and another designer’s. The showstopper is a warm, Mid-century Modern-inspired coffee table with a floating shelf underneath. The pieces are part of Kamiya’s upcoming exhibition as part of High Point’s furniture market and is housed at Plant Seven, a newly opened textile factory-turned-creative makerspace downtown. The market opens in early April and it’s Kamiya’s third time showing at the international event that draws thousands of buyers to the area twice each year. “We wanted to activate creative juices,” says Tim Branscome, the CEO of Plant Seven. “We are particularly focused on
younger generations coming into the industry.” And while Kamiya is in his early forties, he’s one of the artists that Branscome says is revitalizing furniture making in High Point. “We formed as a focused and affordable option for makers and local artisans to access the High Point furniture market,” Branscome explains. “We were looking at ways to create a collaborative workspace.” Kamiya is part of the Mill Collective, a branch of Plant Seven that acts as a coworking space as well as an exhibition space for furniture makers. Until last year, he was in the business of importing and selling furniture, not making it. He owned and operated Kamiya Furniture Gallery out of Durham for about three years, importing furniture from countries like Indonesia, where his wife is from. “People would say, ‘This is beautiful, did you make this?’” says Kamiya. “And I got tired of saying no.” Building on his background in graphic design and photography, Kamiya began watching YouTube videos on furniture-
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