By Faith Morgan
A New York furniture maker uses handsome salvaged lumber and the expertise passed down through his family tree to create masterfully crafted one-of-a-kind pieces.
A fourth-generation woodworker raised at his father’s workbench, custom-furniture maker Mark Jupiter has learned his craft by trial and error. “I have no formal training really,” he says. “That’s something I have always found to be a help and a hindrance. What I do know is that with every piece I make, I always challenge myself to learn something new.”
From elegantly simple coffee tables to rustic case goods, the style of his work is a bit of an enigma even to the designer himself. When asked to put a label on his style, Mark says, “The truth of it is that I have no idea,” noting that each piece is a mix of his own imagination and his client’s inspirational aesthetic. “I guess if I had to put a label on it, I would call it modern industrial with a touch of midcentury,” he says. While his furnishings feature industrial notes, it’s a grounding in natural elements that makes them truly unique.