Our Story

 

JK Custom Furniture & Design is a family operated Berkshire gem where craftsmanship and quality are paramount. Sharing an education in fine arts, a love of design and a desire to establish a fine furniture and cabinetry company, we relocated to the Berkshires from Brooklyn in 2004. Working side by side in our Great Barrington, MA studio using a well-seasoned artistic eye, we create innovative, versatile furniture and functional homewares that add character and beauty to any home. Our furniture designs are based on an appreciation of beautiful, contemporary pieces that are meticulously handcrafted and the homewares collection is made up of one of a kind heirloom quality cutting, cheese and serving boards, often lauded for their organic beauty and custom made non-toxic finishes.

We handcraft each board using locally sourced wood and reclaimed materials. Each piece of raw wood is hand-selected by us then meticulously sanded, shaped and finished with our custom non-toxic board oil. The handles of our serving trays are created using railroad spikes salvaged from the woods surrounding our home. All of our linens are handmade from reclaimed and vintage materials. Our line of sushi and sharing boards represent our collaboration with a local New England potter; we handcraft the boards and partnered with Ben Evans Ceramics to create the serving dishes for this collection.

Proudly serving the Berkshires, surrounding areas and New York City since 2004.

 

Joshua Kanter

Owner 

 

Joshua began his artistic career in high school building sets for school performances in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, he relocated back to NYC to continue his career building sets for the film and television industry.
After years of set design and construction, he began perfecting his skills building fine furniture and cabinets. In 2004 Joshua and his wife Kristen relocated to the Berkshires and formally established JK Custom Furniture & Design. Working out of his home shop he takes pride in being able to design and construct versatile and innovative pieces. Using a well seasoned artistic eye he strives to provide quality craftsmanship with an artistic flair.

 

Kristen Kanter

Co-Owner and Marketing Director

 

Kristen found her artistic outlets early on, honing her sewing skills under the guidance of her mother. Painting, & drawing followed and became a passion and pastime throughout her later years. After receiving a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Justice, Kristen focused her professional career on child abuse prevention and intervention until retiring in 2016 to work full time with JK Custom Furniture & Design.