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 build work that has an interactive relationship with the space and humans around it. The work is influenced by modern art, traditional craft and imaginary worlds. My practice is meant to exist with a grave playfulness in a mysterious, ancient future.

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 North Carolina, working with objects, spaces and furniture. Rather than operating with a baked-in preset, it is willing to grow and change. The universe is not a playground, but an active player; Make Nice is very willing to play with it.

A critical tenet of Make Nice’s method is to only sound like you. Also on that list: assertiveness behind each decision, make things unironically, always punch up, and do the work.

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

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