Behind the Brand: JKM Home by J. Kent MartinColby Morrell
We feature a lot of great furniture designers on our site, but we’re most excited about our very own J. Kent Martin and the new furniture line he’s debuting at High Point Market this spring. To say that this is long overdue would be an understatement. It’s true that J. has been designing product for major retailers and boutiques for decades, but never his own line – until now, and it’s about damn time.
This first introduction consists of accent tables, bookcases, chests, and cocktail tables. During the design process, J. wanted each piece to work on their own as a statement but also be able to work well together. To achieve this, every thoughtfully designed item in the line is handcrafted from plantation grown exotic veneers and and kiln dried hardwoods to add interest to a space.
The notion that homes should be a personal reflection on the people who live there is what guided J.’s designs. Each piece in the line showcases intricate details and designs that have been finely tuned to help reflect the story of a room. Inspired by history, art, and architecture, J.’s pieces are rooted in the past, but move effortlessly into the present. The mix of classic and modern design elements is the driving force behind the JKM Home line and is what makes it so appealing to design tastes across the spectrum. This is where J.’s experience in the interior design field has guided design decisions, he knows firsthand what buyers need.
Function isn’t lost on the line either. The Ellis Console offers generous amounts of storage and drawers concealed inside for organization. In fact, all of the chests, consoles, and credenzas (oh my!) offer convenient and stylish storage. The marriage of form and function is truly mouth watering.
One of the great things about J. and his line is how approachable they are. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, J.’s interest in furniture began in his teenage years when he landed his first job as delivery boy for a high end furniture. Since that time, he has worked in the industry as a retail sales person, a buyer, a furniture sales rep, a manufacturing executive and a sourcing agent. Throughout all of this, J. has remained his humble self and that can be seen and felt through this new line. The JKM Home collection shows that high end doesn’t have to mean pretentious.
We are all very excited about this new line and cannot wait for High Point market in just a couple weeks! We’re sure it’s going to be a memorable one!
To purchase from the JKM Home Line, click here.
For more information on the line, visit JKMHome.com.
If you find yourself at High Point be sure to stop by the CR Laine showroom to see this gorgeous line in person.