Owners Mike Parker and Ann Cowperthwaite shared studio space in downtown Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood for many years before falling in love and combining their artisan efforts to form Eidolon Designs.
Ann Cowperthwaite is a sculptor, teacher, and affable personality. She is the voice to the vision, helping you understand how we can accomplish your goals. In naming Eidolon, she set the precedent of integrity with which we apply ourselves. Ann is paramount in building Eidolon’s strong relationship with the design and arts community in Raleigh. She is the heart of design and the masterful liaison between the client and the shop.
Mike Parker maintained Mike Parker Cabinetry for twenty years before expanding his scope to integrate diverse projects and materials. His thoroughness and sense of responsibility result in an unprecedented attention to detail.  As an engineer, Mike matches complex systems with forethought to ensure every project is precisely what the client envisions. He lives by the mantra, “It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge.”



Eidolon Designs has 90+ years of combined experience and technical expertise. Mike and Ann lead a 3-year apprenticeship program to continue a lasting tradition of handmade, heirloom-quality work.


Mike and Ann make conscious decisions to maintain a responsible and thoughtful lifestyle. Their dedication to sustainability and craftsmanship can be seen in the studio and at home.
The studio is heated by a wood stove. Project materials are selected mindfully and are sourced locally when available. Hardwoods are harvested from certified tree farms. Sheet goods are formaldehyde-free. Only non-toxic waterborne finishes are used. Read more about our Materials.
Ann and Mike’s eco-conscious home is heated by a wood stove, powered by a solar roof, and watered through a gray-water collection system. They also grow organic fruits and vegetables in their garden, from which Ann makes a wonderful ginger-carrot soup.
Learn more about us from Walter Magazine.


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