nick james design teamNick James is a highly skilled craftsman. He’s an advocate of traditional woodworking techniques that are rare in contemporary practice. A machine can’t pick up a piece of wood, study the flow of the grain or make a decision about how to use it.

Every piece is made by Nick and his team of skilled craftsmen in his workshop at Mushroom Works in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.

Nick established his first class techniques whilst attending the country’s leading furniture college, Rycotewood. Along with his team of expert makers, he uses the best time-tested methods of connecting pieces of wood by unbreakable joints and precise construction methods to create furniture that will last lifetimes.

In 2003 he returned to his native Newcastle to start his own business. Nick’s passion for natural materials and intelligent design is central to his practice. Awards include The Worshipful Company of Furniture Maker’s Trophy For Excellence In Craft Skills. In addition to working to commission and producing limited edition pieces Nick regularly creates work for exhibition.

Most of my work is made to commission and sold online, I do also stock selected shops and galleries both in the UK and further afield. If you are interested in becoming a stockist please see Trade and Wholesale.  

As trees are so important to what I do I am a proud member of the Woodland Trust. Each piece I sell helps to contribute to complete the circle and plant trees to help lessen our impact on the environment [and so furniture makers in years to come will have trees to make beautiful furniture from!]

woodland trust

Nick is also an entrepreneur. In 2005 he set up The Mushroom Works, the first of his artists’ studios in which he could work alongside many of Newcastle’s leading designers and artists. It has been recognised internationally for its unique environment and creative network. Other studio developments followed.