There's no doubting Jay Miron's BMX career was awesome. The "Canadian Beast" freestyle rider is credited with inventing over 30 BMX tricks, and brought in 9 X Games medals. Having retired from the sport, Miron has done a career flip: He designs and builds bespoke furniture in Vancouver.
Miron, 47, is the man behind the eponymous Jay Miron Furniture. From his East Vancouver studio, Miron uses techniques and skills taught to him from woodworking masters, with a deep respect for the materials and the process.
While it's a far cry from the brash, bold, physicality of BMX, Miron's work reflects what else can be done with the right tools and your own hands.
Miron talked to V.I.A. in 2009 about why he loves Vancouver, and he definitely had a zest for the city, nature, and design. And judging by the giant Jenga game he's built, it's clear the former BMX champion is still playful in his new role in the world of woodworking.
Super Mega Giant Jenga. Swipe to see a photo of the base. It gets six feet tall when being played. The bigger they are... Concrete floor required. Not sure if this is the most expensive jenga ever built, but it has to be up there. Haha. #vancouver #vancouverdesign #bespokefurniture #studiofurniture #designer #interiordesign #architecture #madeinvancouver #westcoastclassic #jaymiron #switzercult
Check out a few more images of his work:
I'm really pumped about this piece. Traditional drafting table made to measure for a client who still draws on an actual piece of paper. There will be several detail shots of this thing on my website when it launches in the near future. Photo by @harookz #interiordesign #bespokefurniture #vancouverdesign #yvrdesign #designer
@addressassembly is tonight in Vancouver. So pumped to be showing the Harp Spindled Bed. Also showing a pair of my new Orca Lounge Chairs. They're actually still getting upholstery as I type this. They're being delivered this afternoon right before the opening party. Cutting it close! #Vancouver #vancouverdesign #bespokefurniture #studiofurniture #designer #interiordesign #architecture #addressassembly
@made_in_yvr just featured this credenza I made over on their page. They're an online magazine featuring the best artisinal products made in Vancouver. Go check out the post on their page and give them a follow. Photo by @harookz #vancouver #vancouverdesign #bespokefurniture #studiofurniture #designer #interiordesign #architecture #madeinvancouver #switzercult #jaymiron