ABOUT

We are a creative couple based in the land of eternal summer, Panamá. In 2016 we chose woodworking as our art medium to create functional pieces using a universally beautiful material such as wood. We foster the realization of space design by offering a variety of furniture with rich textures, inspired by life in the tropics.
 

The time we spend outdoors strongly influences our work, we appreciate nature around us and believe in the importance of biodiversity. This is why we are committed to creating furniture using sustainable sources only. In order to effectively achieve this goal, we collect and dry our own wood from locally fallen trees. Knowing the origin of our raw material is a fundamental part of our work. 

Understanding our passion for design opened a path of endless possibilities in this creative field. However, we try to maintain our own personal esthetic and values within our work. Our focus is not to become a company but to create heirloom furniture as a family. Giving our full attention to each unique piece allows us not only to bring some of nature's beauty into your space. But to make long-lasting furniture that can be passed down to the next generation.

Jina Peña | Designer


Born with a creative spirit, Jina has a passion and an eye for design. She started to design furniture while studying architecture in Panama city, Panama. Shortly after getting her licence as an Architect, she started to implement some of her furniture ideas in home construction. As an artist, and a mother she believes we are all a work in progress and should be constantly growing/learning. The rich history and traditions of her home peninsula, Azuero, and her life experiences through travel have strongly influenced her vision. In a world full of excess Jina chooses to practice "the art of less" making it a part of her daily life and work. She believes minimalism can help bring more simplicity and clarity to our lives. Intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing distractions. Her design esthetic is based on clean lines and subtle curves that give way to the more important elements such as the beauty of the material and the functionality of the piece. It's these aspects that truly allows the wood to speak for itself. The end result is a timeless design that creates a harmonious experience. 

Derek Urey | Craftsman


Originally from Ohio, USA Derek is a self-taught Craftsman and Father. Derek worked for years in the film and tv industry as a Director of Photography before moving to Panama where he took his hobby of woodworking full time. Derek has an incredible eye for detail in everything he is working on. With his visual background in cinematography, Derek combines his eye for composition, continuity, and symmetry to bring out the harmony of colors and lines that working with such a natural medium like wood allows him to do. As an avid outdoorsman, Derek has always been drawn to nature to find peace and connection with his surroundings. Having that affinity for the world around him has led him on a journey of exploring a real technical aspect and understanding of wood as a medium and how it incorporates and enriches our everyday lives. With a focus on contemporary and mid-century modern construction, Derek uses a mixture of power tools and traditional hand tools to bring his furniture together.  Using the highest quality construction standards and techniques ensures each piece will last a lifetime. 

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