Make Nice, and Mike Newins the human

Mike Who-ins?

Mike Newins (he/they) is an American designer based in North Carolina. Newins is a self taught craftsperson and interdisciplinary designer, making instinctual and precise furniture that lives between the soft and the severe.

The work is heavily influenced by artists of the Light and Space Movement, 2000's punk DIY culture, neo-noir science fiction movies, and an enthusiasm for manufacturing processes. Gestural minimalism and utilitarian craft are the primary languages of the studio.

Newins loves podcasts, dogs and large empty rooms.


Make Nice is Newins' North Carolina based fabrication studio, focusing on handcrafted modern furniture and functional objects. Make Nice offers small batch production, design services, custom fabrication and prototypes.

Custom furniture and design consultation are available to clients from all locations. Installations and custom build-outs are readily available in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Greensboro. For other regions, please inquire.