Jake Reilly is a furniture maker primarily, but with over 20 years of experience in a range of disciplines, he is much more besides.
He trained in London and went on to work with a design collective where he was involved in a wide variety of exciting projects. Everything from designing and fitting out boutique bars, creating unique board room suites, working on private bespoke projects, and installing display structures in museums and art galleries.
This early experience instilled in him a passion for working on diverse and challenging projects whilst always striving to learn new techniques and hone and perfect his making skills.
In addition Jake has worked closely over the years with a range of designers to develop and realise their vision and deliver according to their clients’ briefs.
Jake has a breadth of management experience including overseeing a factory workshop making insulated panels for use in eco-house kit builds, and as Senior Hut Maker and Production Manager at a leading shepherds hut company.
Jake has always had an affinity for working with wood, but also understands what a precious commodity it is and will always strive to source his timber from local sources or ethically certificated suppliers. Wood is a tremendously versatile and beautiful material and whilst it is renewable, Jake will always try to minimise waste and where appropriate use reclaimed timber.
“I enjoy the process, when working on a project, of considering every component in my mind and selecting each piece of timber to show its best character”.
Precision, craft and function are the cornerstones of Jake’s approach to woodwork.
“I approach every project, from the smallest shelf to a large outdoor studio as an exercise in maximising functionality – but through the attention to function, it becomes an item of beauty too. All projects follow the same principal. Fit for purpose and lovely to look at”.