Our Team

Heide Martin Design Studio is a boutique furniture and housewares company based in Rockland, Maine. We create furniture and housewares with simple, high quality materials: native hardwoods, leather, fiber, and metals. Our designs reflect a Shaker-esque dedication to honest functionality, and we strive for unique yet well-balanced form.

In addition to our product line, we work directly with clients, designers, and architects to develop unique, custom designs. We see these custom works as collaborations with our clients - our contribution is a refined, sensitive design aesthetic and a dedication to heirloom-quality construction techniques. 

We currently work out of the historic Bicknell Building, located on the working Rockland waterfront. We manage a shared workshop that provides machining and bench space for other local makers.

Heide Martin, Owner + Creative Director

Heide is the design force behind Heide Martin Design Studio, from the design of furniture and housewares to the nitty-gritty of web page layout, marketing materials, and invoice templates. She loves learning new skills and new materials to bring into her design arsenal. In the workshop, you will find her happiest when she is doing lumber selection, cutting precise joinery, weaving a chair seat, or putting on that first coat of oil finish. 

Alongside her woodworking practice, Heide pursues her commitment to craft through creative collaborations, residencies, grants, publishing, and teaching. Heide has been a resident and visiting artist at San Diego State University, Maine College of Art and Design, Center for Art in Wood, and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Her teaching experience includes furniture design at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, as well as assistantships at the University of Washington and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Photo by Jacob Zimmerman

Photo by Jacob Zimmerman

Patrick Coughlin, Owner +  Operations

Patrick is the production arm of HMDS. A problem solver with over a decade of woodworking experience, Patrick excels at developing efficient methods of construction. He also has a head for numbers and organization, and keeps us on track when things get busy in the workshop. Patrick started as a general carpenter, then co-founded a residential design-build firm in Seattle, WA where he filled the roles of designer and finish carpenter. Upon moving to Maine, Patrick found work for a cabinetmaker and furniture maker in Camden, before taking a year long position as a shop assistant at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, under the direction of Aled Lewis.

When not busy in the shop, Patrick enjoys teaching woodworking and furniture design at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. He also continues to stay involved in residential design-build work from time to time.