About Mike Lam Design

Mike Lam and Steve Thompson are the perfect pairing of artistic design and superb craftsmanship.

They are on a journey to discover, create, and express beauty.

There’s a difference between design and craftsmanship. When they compliment each other without fighting for attention, the result is more than the sum of its parts. They are able to find that balance.

Mike Lam


Mike Lam is the designer behind Mike Lam Design Inc., an eco-friendly boutique furniture company founded in 2012.

He was born in Hong Kong and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mike’s creativity is strongly impacted by his dual heritage, his curiosity about nature, and his need for human connection. His designs express his ability to bridge and to transform the different aesthetic values of east and west, creating furniture that is unique and emotionally accessible.

Mike’s professional training began with a degree focusing on industrial design at the University of Alberta. The formal art and design training gave him the tools to represent his love of nature and beauty, reflected in his choice of woods and the simplicity of form evident in his designs.

Mike wants his furniture to connect with people on multiple levels. His design philosophy is that form meets emotion. Each design is stripped down to its emotional core. Mike believes a beautiful design is a visual symphony that speaks to our eyes, our heart, and our spirit.

Steve Thompson


Steve Thompson is the craftsman at Mike Lam Design Inc.

Steve was born and raised on a farm near Bowden, Alberta.
The son of a war bride and a WWII pilot, Steve’s character has been strongly shaped by his mother’s pride and his father’s patience - perfect virtues for a craftsman who loves working with exotic woods and challenging designs.

Steve worked as a cabinetmaker for decades, building his craft and his technical expertise. He is passionate about creating accurate and consistent components.

He starts with a vision for the perfectly finished piece of furniture. This vision guides him through the entire craft process - from the choice of wood grain, to applying the final coat of eco friendly protective sealant.

For Steve, the pursuit of perfect craftsmanship is a process of love, and a prerequisite for creating each piece of fine furniture.