Oakland-based Jason Lees makes wooden furniture that's pretty easy to spot. The low-lying horizontal proportions and fine handwork evoke mid-century and Japanese influences. But the work is notable for the way it brings warmth to its modern lines, and for the great attention paid to the craft of woodworking.
Although the simple, strong geometric forms of the pieces are the primary story, the materials are hardly an insignificant subplot.
In fact one of the things we like best about this work is the way non-wood materials (lacquer, stone, paint, acrylic and leather) are subtly incorporated, adding surface interest to Platonically-formed cabinets, beds, and tables. For instance, the round wallscape, a grouping of white (the color is customizable) lacquered shelves playing off their backdrop, a strong, simple, wall-mounted circle of walnut.