Jatex International employed Nick as lead designer from approximately 2005 to 2007. During that time, Nick was tasked with growing the Jatex brand in the U.S. Market. We wished to expand our market share in both the home furnishing and home accessory market with a contemporary rustic look that appealed to our customer base. Nick had the innate ability to understand not only the US Market, but Jatex’s particular customer base and to design products that suited our brand. I always appreciated Nick’s ability to work with our existing overseas vendors and to guide them in terms of making products that would be unique to Jatex – whether through color, glazing techniques or shape and form that was still within the vendor’s comfort zone – ensuring that the production would go smoothly. Oftentimes I would watch Nick as he would “teach an old dog a new trick” and be amazed how he could push a vendor’s previous boundaries and end up with a new and exciting design.
Nick was also tasked with designing furniture frames that would then be upholstered with our one of a kind antique kilim rugs. These frames brought Jatex to an elevated level in the market. He assembled an overseas team and oversaw every aspect of the furniture production from frame dimension and design to construction and hand finishing. Nick also designed and developed a series of accent furniture pieces that were created from copper – a metal that is key to Jatex’s popularity and success.
–Tracey J. Taylor
President, Jatex International, Inc.
1994 to 2010