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Jacob May’s Expanded Nomad Range for Heath Ceramics

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Jacob May’s Expanded Nomad Range for Heath Ceramics

July 5, 2016

We admired California furniture maker Jacob May’s Nomad Table when it first launched about a year ago; now the company has partnered with Heath Ceramics on an expanded line.

The 14-piece Nomad Collection of tables and benches is made by hand in Oakland of US hardwoods. Each piece can be broken down, flat-packed, and reassembled again and again (an Allen key is installed in each piece to make the process easier). We caught up with Jacob May founder Dave Ball at the SF launch of the new line, and he explained his thinking: “People aren’t buying houses and settling in quite as much anymore; they’re moving around, but they still want nice things.”

See the entire collection on display at the Heath Ceramics showroom in San Francisco; select pieces are also on view at the Heath showrooms in LA and Sausalito.

Photography courtesy of Heath Ceramics.

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Above: The Nomad Dining Table comes in four sizes and three finishes, with either classic or patchwork-pattern tops. They range in price from $3,650 for a small square table with classic top to $6,500 for an extra-large table with patchwork top. Shown here, the large table in natural walnut and the small table in oxidized oak.

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Above: The patchwork tabletop detail in oxidized oak.

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Above: Square Side Tables come in three sizes and the same top and finish combinations as the dining tables; shown here, from left, in natural oak, natural walnut, and oxidized oak. Prices start at $850 for the small table with classic top to $1,450 for the large table with patchwork top.

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Above: The Coffee Table is available in four sizes, ranging in price from $2,350 for the small table with classic top to $3,600 for the large table with patchwork top. The coffee tables, bench, and side tables pictured here are all natural walnut with classic tops.

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Above: Nomad Benches come in three sizes in the classic top only, ranging in price from $1,350 for the medium size to $1,550 for the extra-large. Pictured here is the extra-large dining table with matching bench, both in oxidized oak.

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Above: The Nomad collection makes use of antique joinery techniques with leather and brass detailing. Each piece is made to order and ships in about eight weeks.

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Above: An Allen wrench is hidden beneath a leather strap in each piece of Nomad furniture to make for easy assembly and disassembly.

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Above: Jacob May founder Dave Ball at work in his Oakland studio.

For more from Jacob May, see Patchwork Cutting Boards from an Oakland Design Studio. For more from Heath, see New from Heath Ceramics: Wallpaper for Hygge & West.

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