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Jonathon Quinn featured in the Fall Issue of Atlanta Magazine Home

This summer has seen quite a bit of welcomed press for SOU. This past June, we were asked to be featured in the Modern Atlanta International Design Expo. More recently, South of Urban’s founder and lead designer Jonathon Quinn will be featured in the Atlanta Magazine Fall Issue of HOME. Home is is a quarterly home-and-garden publication dedicated to life in the South’s capital city.

Atlanta Magazine editor, Betsy Riley, dives into the initial launch of SOU, discussing with Jon both his background in Architecture and why he left his profession to follow his passion for furniture design. The article also dives into company’s evolution moving from an exploration in mid-century modern aesthetic into the Atlanta based furniture design studio as it stands today. The Fall issue will be hitting news racks September 1.

If you have some time.. Check out the spread of Jonathon Quinn of #SouthofUrban in the latest Fall Home issue of Atlanta Magazine via Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Posted by South of Urban on Thursday, August 13, 2015

Urban Timber | The Most Sustainable Option for Sourcing Wood?

We’ve had a good bit of inquiries asking where we source our wood material.  Sustainability is of the utmost importance to SOU, and our first go to option for reclaimed material nowadays is urban timber.  This product is typically trees that have come down for one reason or another w/in 50 miles radius of a Atlanta (or most any city center).

You’ll find some examples of this product below, and how we use it throughout the furniture design and fabrication process.  It allows us to experiment with the grain and orientation in so many different ways.  The best part is that since we’re rescuing this product from a landfill, its probably the most sustainable option out there for our designs.

 

Design is Human | South of Urban Takes Part in Modern Atlanta

The Modern Atlanta | Design is Human week has been a breath of fresh air for modernity in Atlanta for the last several years. Taking place in early June, this 10 day collection of activities includes an Architecture Tour in what is now multiple cities as well as several other events including lectures, discussions, and the International Design Expo at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center).

South of Urban was invited this year to take part in the Design Expo and created a few original designs just for the occasion.  Here is a glimpse of the space and some close ups of the pieces that were on display.

A photo posted by Jonathon Quinn (@jonathon_q) on

 

Mahogany for the Bahamas

Many people visit the Caribbean during the summer months. We’ve decided to make sure our ninja maker skills are appreciated by those ocean bound touristy folks. Here’s a snapshot of some solid mahogany wood banquettes that we are currently producing for a boutique hotel somewhere down in the islands. This may be one of the last projects that we build before moving into a new (and improved) modern design studio.. Location in Atlanta TBD.

 

First Media Console Prototype of Summer 14′

Ahhh.. Summer is heating up here in Atlanta, and so is our workload of storage pieces including, but not limiting to, this Mid-Century Modern inspired media console.  You may notice the “lean back” approach of the asymmetrical leg base primarily on the open side of the piece.  We got a bit ambitious and went for the most acute angle that we could muster, however there is a 2″ tenon doing most of the work.  But what is a modern furniture maker to do except push the envelope as they say.

We’ll keep you posted on up and coming.  It seems like there are a bunch of sofas on the shop floor running around.  Back to worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk.