1422 34th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
Created by artist Roy McMakin, Domestic Furniture fabricates furniture by hand in small quantities at Big Leaf Manufacturing, its Seattle workshop. Limited to the scale of output by its skilled craftspeople, the pieces produced are characterized by McMakin’s celebration of sculptural meanings contained in American vernacular furniture. The work is an exploration of wood, color, and joinery.
Big Leaf Manufacturing, headed by Scott Graczyk and its team including Barbara Marino, Frank Peck, Chris St Pierre, Massimo Rizzuto, Andy Taylor, Kade Hone, Matt Browning, has realized McMakin’s furniture for 15 years. The woods used are carefully chosen. The finishes are hand applied by brush and burnished to an uncanny beauty. McMakin partners with New York textile designer Scott Bodenner in handwoven and custom fabrics.
Founded in 1987, Domestic Furniture produced an initial small-scale production line as the commercial expression of Roy McMakin’s artistic endeavors, sold at its showroom in Los Angeles. Since then, the majority of furniture produced has been unique commissioned pieces. Although commissions are ongoing, in 2014 McMakin partnered with Austin gallerist Lora Reynolds to launch a line of furniture that will mark a return to small scale production.
Domestic Furniture currently is producing two groupings of pieces: the first (Group B) representing ongoing production of some of its iconic pieces from its 27-year history. In addition, a new time-limited collection (Group A) will be produced. This 2014–2015 line will more deeply explore the complicated emotional, conceptual and visual spaces between furniture and sculpture. Group A will be available only for a year or so, when it will give way to new ideas.
A few pieces from both Groups were introduced at the Collective Design Fair in New York in May 2014, with the entire line scheduled for presentation in winter 2014.