Jay W. Armstrong attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. In his junior year he took four months abroad to study Permaculture (the science of naturally sustainable farm practices) in New Zealand. Inspired by the adventure and the building practices he observed, he decided to change his focus to Architecture. He returned to pursue and finish an Architectural Degree at the Massachusetts College of Art. Here Jay began to design and build furniture in the newly renovated wood and metal shops.
Since graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995, Jay has worked independently designing + fabricating buildings, cabinetry and furniture. His homes have been featured in Accent Magazine. His cabinetry in New Hampshire Home Magazine, the Boston Globe, San Fransisco Chronicle and The Music Hall’s Kitchen Tour in Portsmouth, NH. His furniture has been exhibited in Newbury’s Street’s Mackeen Gallery (Boston), the Beacon Hill Garden Show (Boston) and the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
Jay was initially trained in the restoration of historic homes in the Boston area. He then took on to apprentice at a cabinetry shop in Salem, MA while attending Mass. Art. His projects included work on The House of Seven Gables and a number of historic homes on Chestnut Street in Salem and High Street in Newburyport. Jay also worked as a silversmith for Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, MA. which is the only hand forged flatware company in the United States.
Therese Ariana (editor and vocalist), Amy Ryan and Wendy Addison of Arens Stone Works, Bob Arens (piano player), Eric Bessemer Woodwright (guitarist), Peter Buchanon (production woodworker), Peter Follansbee (builder + nationally ranked sailor), Tim Hayden (finishing expert), Richard Pierce (owner of the former Pierce Furniture Factory + harmonica player) and John Ashworth (architect + artistic painter).
Jay W. Armstrong Design and Associates are dedicated professionals in the Art of Home + Commercial Design, Design/Build and Custom Fabrication of Cabinetry + Furniture. Since our founding in 1996 we have had a commitment to integrating fine design with skilled craftsmanship.
By paying equal attention to all stages of the construction process our products are by nature, cohesive. Jay W. Armstrong Design aims to make projects that are unique to their respective clients in their environments.
Jay W. Armstrong Design cares about the current state of wildlife and youth of the Americas. Jay carries ongoing discourse with members of The Council for a Community of Democracies to create meaningful passageways for this life. We are in the process of coordinating multi organizational participation in worthwhile visions. One such measure, includes the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in an attempt to reinvigorate the game of tennis to the parks of America. Efforts are being made to provide community centers that would act as waiting areas for tennis courts and allow for hitting walls for solo players. The idea is to attract single players to the park and have them randomly hook up with others in a spontaneous fashion. The centers would have computer related interactive educational information on the specifics of that particular bio-region (geology, wildlife and human history). They would also facilitate community involvement with park updates and ways for people to engage with larger group events.
Jay W. Armstrong Design has a long standing relationship with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). He is looking forward to having them be engaged in some of the ideas proposed above. Jay sees great benefits from collaboration of multiple outfits with overlapping interests.