About Jeremy Pickett
Jeremy Pickett’s introduction to woodworking and furniture making began one summer vacation home from college in the early nineties. His father arranged a job for him working for a family friend who had a successful millwork company in Indiana. In 2000, Jeremy moved to New York to establish a music promotion company. During this set-up time, he fell back on his old woodworking skills and worked part-time for a cabinet maker in Dumbo, Brooklyn to help support himself.
After marriage, Jeremy found himself restoring a townhouse in Manhattan that his wife had just purchased. It also became clear to Jeremy that life on the road as a concert promoter and tour manager needed to come to an end. Jeremy immersed himself into an intensive apprenticeship at an architectural woodworking shop in Jersey City, NJ run by East Germans originally trained in Communist era trade schools.
After completing his training, Jeremy became a shop manager and designer for a furniture maker in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. While this opportunity allowed him to grow and mature as a designer, Jeremy missed the physical aspect of working with his hands. He found a children’s furniture company who specialized in modern, solid wood designs that was just starting and he became their lead furniture maker. After the company moved their manufacturing to China, Jeremy found a custom furniture maker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and continued to work as a furniture maker.
The time finally arrived for Jeremy to start his own company. But before doing so, Jeremy and his family decided to take a time out and head out on a yearlong around the world trip. The prevalent use of bamboo in Asia and its tensile strength became a source of inspiration for Jeremy. Jeremy was also introduced to the vintage textiles of Mongolia, Russia, and Scandinavia that have now become a part of his upholstered furniture. Jeremy was reminded of the importance of handcraftsmanship while viewing the ancient temples in Japan and Viking ship museums in Norway.
After the time spent abroad, Jeremy and his family settled into their new home in Cobble Hill and opened his new workshop in nearby Red Hook.