Make Nice

Meet the studio :)

Mike Who-ins?

I'm Mike Newins, a designer and maker. In the studio, I work with a lot of self imposed restraints: starting with a very specific goal and adding restrictions until I have something beautiful, perfect.

I am heavily influenced by artists of the Light and Space Movement and the Minimalism Movement of the 60's. Notably Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and James Turrell.

I also draw endless inspiration from imaginary worlds. I have a setting inside of my head, where I combine neo-noir scifi movies with magical realism novels and my own imagined realms. This is where hang out while I design.

A portrait of Mike, a white person with braided hair, wearing a blue hat and a baseball shirt. They stand in front of a white fabric backdrop.


Make Nice is a design studio in Burlington, North Carolina working with objects, spaces and furniture.

Custom furniture and design consultation is available to clients from all locations. Installations and custom build-outs are available in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Greensboro.

Make Nice is, happily, a member of JOIN Design, a collective of independent US designers.

Copyright © 2021 Mike Newins