With a background in industrial design and an apprenticeship in furniture making underway, Jeremy Lee set up his business in a garage in early 2015, moving it to the Byron Bay hinterland when he and his family moved there in 2016.
“The community here is full of passionate creative people,” he says. “Plus I live four minutes from work and five minutes from the beach, which really helps the work-life balance.”
Jeremy works with timber and says, “The more I work with wood, the more I realise there is still so much to learn. Every species is different and every tree is unique.” He designs and makes each product, focusing on limiting waste, re-using and recycling, and also works on commissions for custom work.
“A client will get in touch with a design or idea, we’ll brainstorm and I’ll come back with drawings or renders – then, six to eight weeks later, a new piece is created,” says Jeremy. “I try to be as flexible as possible with customising my pieces and supporting my clients’ needs. I really love making and creating in the workshop – every piece I make is a piece I would want to have in my own home.” Find Jeremy at jdleefurniture.com.
Wood craftsman Jeremy Lee (pictured) with his ‘Big Z’ bench, bar stool and stool. His range also features (clockwise from top left) ‘Lo’ chair, ‘Finley’ sofa in Green and Porridge, and ‘Moki’ pendant light.