Founded in 2012 by Travis James, May Furniture designs and fabricates unique pieces of furniture, lighting, accessories, and paneling from its showroom and fabrication space, which are both in Greenpoint. Inspired by brutalism and Americana, James has created an aesthetic for May Furniture’s collection that is both modern and traditional at the same time.
With the help of COO, Christine Talevski, May Furniture has been able to make a name for itself with lovers of high art including high profiled buyers. Its clients range from private individuals to commercial spaces to institutions; May was recently tapped to provide dining tables for Café 2 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Its distinctive aesthetic can now be seen abroad as May provided custom panels and a custom bookcase for famed architect Peter Marino’s new Chanel megastore in Seoul, South Korea.
May Furniture has become known for its proprietary wood material Maykume, which is prominently featured in its line of brutalist inspired furniture and lighting. To make Maykume layers of a variety of wood species are compressed and fused together and later finished to create a product with a smooth surface that retains the warmth of wood, but with the look of stone.
The business’ location in New York City has been instrumental in its operations and growth. From the various sources of woods and metal in the area to the showrooms and network opportunities available in the city, both James and Talevski believe being based in Brooklyn has helped bring May success.
Currently, May Furniture has two lines in its collection, Forma featuring modern designs and Heritage which has more of a classic feel. As the company continues to grow, it hopes that it can expand its collection and fabrication space while staying true to its signature aesthetic. A small company with big aspirations, May Furniture hopes to continue Brooklyn’s fabrication tradition.