Truly Original Interior Designs
Cameron Van Dyke
Cameron Van Dyke, LLC
136 S. Division #100
Grand Rapids MI 49503
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“Wow, this must be the original kitchen.”Those words are the ultimate compliment to Cameron Van Dyke, a designer and furniture maker who outfits kitchens in historical homes with custom cabinets, hardware, flooring and other features that suit the architecture. “My goal is to produce something that not only looks authentic but also maximizes the available space,” says Van Dyke, who explores the balance between function and scultpure. He throws himself into each project, whether reproducing woodwork in a 150-year-old farmhouse or creating a sleek kitchen in a contemporary loft.


The 36-year-old artist is a native of Washington D.C., and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. But apprenticing during summer vacations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gave him hands-on experience and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  “My cousin is a builder and we worked together constructing three to four homes – just the two of us,” Van Dyke says. “That was so important because it taught me how everything comes together.”  As a licensed contractor, he handles each kitchen project from design to finish. He researches the architecture and spends time with clients to find out how they want to use the space.


While revamping kitchens is Van Dyke’s passion, it’s not all he does. Capsule-Living Studio, his downtown Grand Rapids showroom, is filled with such creations as a dining table he constructed from a single slab of African mahogany, to a quirky fiberglass bench on which people can sit or kids can climb.  The bench, dubbed “The Wave” is one of his favorite pieces.  “Normal furniture tells you what you’re supposed to do with it,” he says. “This isn’t just seats and a back. It’s something you need to figure out.”


His studio doubles as a home for Van Dyke and his wife, Rachael, a painter and art teacher. He works out of a second studio where he builds most of his cabinets and furniture.  Van Dyke participates in art shows and has been a finalist in several prestigious public arts projects.  “I like doing work that’s important,” he says.


On his desk is a model of a 13-foot monolithic sculpture he created for the city of San Diego’s Urban Tree project. “There was an open call for a sculpture for the waterfront,” Van Dyke says. “I read the call and thought about it. On the day of the deadline, I wasn’t particularly inspired. But I saw it in my mind and sketched it in 20 seconds.”


Van Dyke also strives to be versatile, experimenting with a variety of materials including wood, steel, granite and fiberglass.  “They all have different things they can do,” he says. “I don’t like to get locked in to one thing. The design comes first, and second is figuring out the materials.”  When creating kitchen cabinets and furniture, he searches for the finest and most unique woods. “A beautiful, solid wood table will last hundreds of years,” he says. “I love using raw materials in a way that honors the materials.”