Design Eye: The Splinter Concept

THE SPLINTER CONCEPT

We have been so fortunate to know this talented gent for several years now and as much of a wonderful, hilarious friend he is we were blown away to realize his incredible talent for woodworking when he launched his company, The Splinter Concept. All of a sudden our feeds were flooded with photos of the beautiful artisan shelves, frames, bars and even cribs that blew us away! We experienced his mastery firsthand when we requested a custom piece of our own (but more on that in another post), further attesting to just how talented he is. So without further adieu, we are thrilled to introduce our friend, Davin Jaime, the man behind The Splinter Concept!

 The man behind The Splinter Concept, Davin Jaime

The man behind The Splinter Concept, Davin Jaime

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Dav! We love the name and logo behind your company and are curious, what was your vision for The Splinter Concept and how did you come up with your unique brand name?

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My vision was to create a space for my life where I would enjoy and love what I do almost every day. In terms of the name, everyone knows what a splinter is, but splinter also means a piece that breaks away from the main body. I am very different in how I see woodworking and my designs are a little out there, so I saw it representing me and my concepts of design.

What was the first professional piece you created?

A huge triangle shelf display

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Modern Island

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who or what are some of your biggest inspirations?

My biggest inspirations are my family, especially my wife Emily being such a powerful girl boss as the owner and designer of clothing company Yireh, my older sister Michelle killing it in the interior design world as the creative director of The Vanguard Theory, and my older brother David of Blue Star Design & Builders who I learned a lot of my wood working skills from.


You and your siblings also made headlines as the co-hosts of HGTV and DIY Network’s new Aloha Builds tv show, and you created some amazing custom pieces for some of the local remodels. What was it like working with your siblings and filming the process of your design efforts together? 

Working with my brother and sister was a roller coaster! It had it moments of greatness and failure but in terms of design my sister Michelle would give me a rough sketch for an idea and I would take it from there.

You and your wife Emily are avid surfers and world travelers—you have seen some of the most beautiful countries in the world! How have your travels and beach lifestyle influenced your approach to design?

Mostly in colors and how I mix different materials to compliment each other effortlessly—just like my wife and I.

 A custom mango slab headboard Davin created for an Aloha Builds client and their gorgeous remodel. Photo by Cory Wimberly

A custom mango slab headboard Davin created for an Aloha Builds client and their gorgeous remodel.
Photo by Cory Wimberly


What are your favorite materials to work with?

Wood, metal and leather

 Davin working on the custom desk project  Photo by Calvin Canha

Davin working on the custom desk project
Photo by Calvin Canha

You partnered with one of our co-founders, Jade Snow, and her boyfriend Calvin Canha to create a custom desk for their office that turned out beautifully! How did you approach that project and what were some of the elements that they requested in that piece?

Jade and Calvin needed a proper work space for each of their creative jobs. I listened to their wants and needs and had them share photos of designs they liked, then I designed the desk from there. Hers was a more traditional office desk with organizational elements for her books and published work, and his included details like floating shelves and a pull out drawer for his speakers and keyboard as he is a musician as well as a media creative.


How do you feel about the finished project of their custom desk?

Super freaking dope—I love how it came out!

 A custom wedding bar by The Splinter Concept  Photo by Casey Liu

A custom wedding bar by The Splinter Concept
Photo by Casey Liu

What design elements are important for clients to be mindful of when conceptualizing a piece?

There are so many unseen steps in the design process and custom work is not cheap, but you get what you pay for, so it’s hard to compare custom work to big box store prices.


What are some of the best ways youʻd recommend to elevate an individualʻs home decor look? 

Mostly to look at your space and envision the end goal you want to create and don’t compromise quality. Then hire me!

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What are some of your favorite pieces that you have created for clients?

I would have to say the co-work space for Jade Snow and Calvin Canha, Red Oak Floating shelves for a open concept kitchen, and everything I made for my baby girl on the way.

As a proud local boy weʻve gotta ask a few Pikake questions before you go! What are top 3 Pikake Picks, ie local businesses, restaurants or activities you highly recommend?

Yireh, Nalu Health Bar and Aloha Beach Club.

What is you favorite post-surf meal and where can we find it?

A veggie wrap and acai bowl at Nalu Health Bar at South shore Market

 Davin, Emily, Leo and Luna Jaime are thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl to their ‘ohana!

Davin, Emily, Leo and Luna Jaime are thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl to their ‘ohana!

What is your go-to shave ice order?

Li Hing mui strawberry


congratulations to you and emily on your baby girl, we are so thrilled for you both! And lastly, where can WE find yoU? what is the best way for clients to contact you to request your services?

You can find me on Instagram at @thesplinterconcept or email me at splinterbydavin@gmail.com. Cheee thanks girls!