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Meet the Makers: An Eye For Perfection

As your furniture journeys through our workshop, our quality specialists check every detail. “Regardless of who built it, sculpted it, coated it, or upholstered it, inspections aren’t personal,” says quality manager Erik Akers. “We are all better for them.”

A musician, Erik compares our quality assurance to his recent foray into classical music: “Learning Bach’s Suite for Violoncello No.1 prelude has many parallels to ensuring that McKinnon and Harris quality is, and will always be the best.”

Our bronze nameplate confirms that our welding is seamless and finishes are flawless. For bespoke pieces, our specialists guarantee that each product meets your precise design. “We’re all on the same team,” says Erik. It is through the quality process that all elements of craftsmanship are expressed to perfection.

Get to Know Erik

Erik manages our Quality Inspection team in our workshop.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Prior to McKinnon and Harris, I toured with three bands. I’ve been playing music for about 20 years. Recently, I’ve been teaching myself classical music and just finished learning a Bach piece–Suite for Violoncello No.1 prelude.

Which makers do you admire?

Our welder Kyle Stephens. We’ve been friends for about 10 years. He approaches his work with the best attitude and is just a steady guy.

What’s your favorite piece of McKinnon and Harris furniture?

The duval-Alexander Sun Bed with the full pillow package, because it looks so comfortable!

Favorite book?

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. It’s a story about life told through the eyes of a dog named Enzo.

Tundra or desert?

Tundra. I love the cold. I used to live in the Twin Cities/Chicago area.

You’re an Olympic athlete: What sport would you pick?

Bobsledding, it has to be a wild ride!

What's your favorite dessert?

My mom’s apple pie!

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