Roy McMakin is an artist and designer renowned for the whimsical, beautifully crafted painted furniture bearing his trademark - Domestic Furniture™. Although originally trained as an artist, McMakin launched his furniture workshop in Los Angeles in 1986, to meet the demands of clients who had observed his furniture-like sculpture.
The establishment of Roy's Los Angeles showroom opened new vistas for McMakin's boundless creativity. Each unique work that he produced enticed customers with its “unerring attention to detail, simple materials and sense of humor”. McMakin has since relocated his workshop to Seattle where he continues to oversee a team of highly trained woodworkers and painters who divide their time between the production of established favorites, new McMakin designs and private commissions.
McMakin's creations are executed in hardwood maple, walnut and holly and combine a purist approach to joinery with a painstakingly precise painting method (up to nine coats of primer and paint). McMakin's staff employs oil primer and Hollandlac satin enamel, countless sheets of ultra-fine 600 grit sandpaper and up to 300 hours of highly skilled labor per piece. The result is absolute perfection.
he Domestic Furniture™ workshop is unique in its high standards and focused attention to the production of individual furniture pieces, a condition that is all but extinct within the corporate culture of today's furniture industry. Roy observes, “I’ve always loved the look of a clear oil finish which allows the beauty of wood to be seen but since I discovered your Hollandlac enamel I’ve come to appreciate that an exceptionally fine ground enamel can be as beautiful as a creation of nature.”
Roy McMakin's accomplishments were recognized and honored in a recent retrospective of his work presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.