It’s easy to see when an artist or designer is passionate about their work. Their excitement is evident when they speak and it’s palpable in their creations. This is the case with Jeremy Lee, founder and designer of JD.Lee Furniture. Weaving together his love of his family, the environment, and good design, he’s created a brand that truly embodies his values. These are at the heart of all of his designs.
We recently caught up with Jeremy to talk about what inspires him, how to properly look after his beautifully designed pieces, and what JD.Lee Furniture has in store for the future. Check out the interview below.
Where do find inspiration for you designs?
I find inspiration in everything. I am a sucker for Instagram and Pinterest and regularly browse old and new design mags just frothin’ on what people are doing. I would say that all of the pieces in our range are pieces that I want to own, our chairs in particular. So I suppose they are all inspired by our lifestyle, what we think looks good and how we want them to function.
Have you always lived on the Far North Coast? Does being close to the ocean have an impact on your work at all?
We have wanted to move to the Far North Coast for more than a few years now, and this year everything just aligned and enabled this to happen, our new workshop is now setup in Mullumbimby, with our stockist The Plant Room based in Manly on the Northern Beaches Sydney.
The beach is such a massive part of our (my wife and I) lives, I have always surfed and just find the ocean to be so cleansing in so many ways. It has definitely shaped the way JD.Lee Furniture was created, pursuing a balanced lifestyle in the way we live and the way we create and focusing on sustainable in all areas of designing and making.
Have you found that there’s been a movement away from fast / trend-based furniture recently to more customers investing in high quality & durable pieces?
Totally, and I see it everywhere. We buy our bread from the local artisan baker, eggs, fruit and veg from the local farmer’s markets and are really conscious in trying to support other local small business opposed to other – often way more affordable – bulk supplied shops.
We definitely understand that it is often more expensive to buy local, handmade goods but it’s something we are passionate about supporting. With our furniture, it is an investment that will always pay off over time.
You’ve partnered with Domus Botanica for your Timber Plant Stands, do you have any more collaborations / partnerships in the pipeline?
We worked closely with Emma McPherson at The Plant Room, a new store which opened in August this year. She wanted to create a space full of handmade creative goods and plants. She created such a beautiful energy in the store and is often host to workshops including Vedic meditation teachings. We feel honoured to be a part of her space.
What are some of your most popular products?
The Lo Chair is definitely up there, all of our Arm Chairs/Sofas are very popular. All of our furniture ebbs and flows.
What’s your favourite piece from your collection that you have at your own place?
The Archi Chair, its so friggen comfy and I love the design and style of the piece, elegant and relaxed.
Do you have any tips on how to best take care of your timber furniture?
Love it and it will love you back. Just the basic stuff, regularly clean with a well-wrung damp cloth, regularly fluff cushions and clean fabrics, only use as intended and keep out of mother nature’s way – rain and direct sunlight.
What’s coming up next for JD.Lee Furniture?
Who knows. We are teaming up with another really cool group early next year which we are excited about. It has been a busy year since we launched JD.Lee Furniture last December so we are excited to take a bit of time over Christmas and see where the new year takes us.