sources | PRODUCT Q&A | By Adrian Thompson | Images courtesy of Skylar Morgan Furniture and Design
From restaurants to retail to family homes, furniture crafts- man Skylar Morgan is carving a name for himself in the South. The native Montanan’s Atlanta-based studio,
Skylar Morgan Furniture and Design, produces clean-lined furnishings
and unique architectural woodwork for homes and commercial
spaces all over the American southeast and the world.
Recently, Morgan and his team expanded their Arciform collection, which now includes the modern furnishing studio’s first-ever sofa. In an exclusive Q&A with i+s, Morgan reveals the fine
points on what is sure to be a statement piece in any setting.
WHEN WAS THE ARCIFORM SOFA DEVELOPED?
We started developing the Arciform Sofa last fall and debuted the piece during
NYCxDesign in May. It's part of our newly expanded Arciform collection, whose pieces
are distinct for their wooden textured pattern and exploration of mixed materiality.
HOW DID ITS NAME COME ABOUT?
The name derives from the adjective “arciform,” which means resembling an arch
in appearance. It’s a befitting expression as it reflects the curvature carried throughout each piece in the collection. With the Arciform Sofa, this idea comes to light
through an elegant, contoured back. The bowed shaped is accentuated by tactile
detailing, which wraps around the piece, hugging its curves. The intricate pattern is
made up of a series of small, hand-carved curves, which add to the overall design.
WHO DESIGNED THE ARCIFORM SOFA?
I developed the piece in collaboration with Matt Dennis, our studio’s lead designer.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE SOFA?
We wanted to expand our furniture collection into lounge seating and introduce
our first sofa within the context of an edited, modern love seat. Every aspect of the
Arciform Sofa was carefully chosen to convey extreme luxury. From the selection of
high-end, honest materials – American Walnut handpicked for its beautiful graining
paired with luxe wool velvet fabric from Maharam – to the hand-carved detailing
and flawless finishing. Even how the Arciform Sofa sits in a space, and its ability to
command the center of a room, sets a mood of importance.
Inspired by retro record player cabinets, the distinct patterning lends warmth
and allure to the sofa's otherwise modern form. It's designed to draw you in.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE IN BRINGING THE ARCIFORM SOFA TO LIFE?
The design process was simple, but the fabrication proved to be a bit tricky. The
execution needed to be flawless, which can be difficult when experimenting with
mixed-materiality. The seamless way in which the upholstered seat meets the woodwork had to be very precise. It isn’t easy to execute at this level, but each time we
develop a new piece, we learn a new and better technique.
HOW WAS THE RESPONSE TO THE SOFA?
Very good, and getting better. When we first introduced the Arciform Sofa at ICFF in
New York this spring, people would literally stop in their tracks to sit down in the sofa,
or run their hands over the back. It’s definitely a unique piece, especially with the level
of craftsmanship and attention to detail we put into it.
WHAT IS YOUR HOPE FOR THE ARCIFORM COLLECTION?
My main hope for the collection is that it will continue to grow, and that we can
further develop new concepts and materials to incorporate into future Arciform pieces.
ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO THE ARCIFORM
COLLECTION ON THE HORIZON?
We have some new additions the collection
currently in development. We’re currently in the
process of designing some night tables to complement the Arciform Bureau. An armoire will likely be
in works very soon as well.
WHAT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT
THE ARCIFORM SOFA?
It’s completely customizable, as are most of the
pieces in our furniture line. Everything from the
dimensions of the sofa, to the upholstery, wood
species and finishes – even the firmness of its
seat – can be custom made to fit the needs of