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ville and beyond, he began expanding his repertoire to include coffee tables and bookshelves made from recycled barnwood, as well as toys from maple plywood, and credenzas from barnwood and cedar. Jamie emphasizes that the primary source of his materials is regional. He has a guy that takes down old barns and resells the lumber, the majority of which come from Tennessee. Perhaps the most accurate categorization of Jamie’s work is mid-century modern-meets-Nashville. His use of vintage materials is both purposeful and innovative—making the process seem almost effortless. But I find that to be a product of his modesty. And although he is particular about his aesthetic vision, looks aren’t the only driving force behind Modern Arks. “I wanted to do something that was helpful by finding a cool way to reuse crates and barnwood so they don’t get dumped,” Jamie tells me. “My aim is to save this beautiful stuff that’s been around for hundreds of years.” Only a year after his arrival in Ohio, he turned away from architecture and on to music. Cleveland’s music scene is to the Midwest as Nashville’s is to the South. While Nashville is the home to legends like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and now Jack White, Cleveland has Dean Martin, Tracy Chapman, and Alan Freed. With the prevalence of music in his new city, Jamie didn’t waste any time finding jam mates. He soon after formed the band Unsparing Sea, a cello-infused, indie, folkrock band who played alongside the contemplative singersongwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy and psychedelic-pop outfit Yeasayer. As a guitarist and singer, Jamie admits, “I liked music more

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than architecture. It’s much more doable, and you don’t need quite as many people to help you keep your vision.” Despite his entrenchment in music in Ohio, Jamie shies away from finding musicians to play with in Nashville. Although this city is overflowing with musical talent, he hasn’t actively sought anyone out. “I went through that whole process of finding a band in Cleveland, and it takes so much energy. When we got back to Nashville, I thought I don’t want to go through that again.” And time is of the essence for Jamie and his wife with their one-year-old addition to their family. Though Jamie undoubtedly draws influence from the Eames couple, Nashville has proven to be a muse of its own. He is inspired by other local designers such as Matt Alexander of Holler Design, who also uses raw, rural elements with a modern sensibility. Others include Jonathan Malphrus from Steric, who specializes in rugged, geometric woodwork, and a personal friend, Ryan Richardson, whose data furniture adds a modern, pre-fabricated inspiration to Jamie’s own work. MODERN ARKS: Jamie adds as he grabs his longneglected coffee, “This seems like For more information, a great time to be in Nashville. visit modernarks.net, or purchase directly from There’s so much creativity, and Jamie on his Etsy site, I hope I’m adding something to etsy.com/shop/modernarks what’s here already. I don’t know or Twitter / Instagram @modernarks how this really took off, but I’m blessed that it happened.”

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

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