Our theory of design process where traditional skill meets “smart manufacturing” has taken us to some interesting places over the last year or so. Enter the new South of Urban Z Lounger concept designed by Jonathon Quinn. This piece is set for launch in late May. More details to come.
April 30, 2013
March 07, 2013
Our goal for this modern “Z” lounge chair was to incorporate CNC router technology from the very beginning of the design process. After two years of making small tweaks to each design, we’ve decided to launch this mid-century modern throwback into the future.
Smart manufacturing (digital technology meeting craftsmanship) is on the rise here in the US with the use of the CNC router, laser cutting, and 3d printing just to name a few of the techniques. Check out a few of our other pieces that incorporated into this process.
February 14, 2013
Here’s an old friend revisited. My longtime compadre, Drone in Seattle, and I took it upon us to make this trash-bound bigbox store shelving unit into something worth saving.
It’ a series of 7 double-sided panels (9 works in total) each telling their own story using urban art, Arabic & Hebrew caligraphy, as well as abstract modernism. The panels were shipped to Seattle, Postal Service style, and the exterior was painted in parallel time frames back in Atlanta by SOU. All art works are courtesy of my boy Drone.. Overall design was by Jonathon Q as well as the exterior envelope.
February 12, 2013
South of Urban is very excited to announce some superCOOL design collaboration w/ Stephen Evans Furniture in 2013.
SEF has been a furniture designer and maker in Atlanta’s Westend for several years now. His credo of combining old-world craftsmanship and 21st century building technology speaks volumes about his ambitions to achieve sustainable bliss. Check out the design work coming out of his fabrication shop, as well as his appearances on HGTV’s Elbow Room airing May, 2013.
February 08, 2013
These pieces were designed to play off of each other in this particular instance. The maple, cherry, and alder wood selections are being used to match other designs (post-modern & mid-century modern pieces) that are located in the same space. All of these pieces have clear, slightly tinted finishes that are being used to bring out the natural grain of the material.
February 08, 2013
These 3″ thick (12 quarter) pieces of walnut are on their way to being milled and eventually made into fairly large tables. These pieces are being designed, built, and detailed in shop alla Stephen Evans Furniture located in Atlanta’s Westend… We’ll have more to come as these pieces progress towards their finished state.
February 05, 2013
February 01, 2013
Our idea of modern localization goes a long way. Our relatively new tumblr feed will be chalk full of anecdotes & thoughts referencing the local impact of being a modern furniture designer / maker.
January 31, 2013
South of Urban 1207 Media Console | This piece was designed and built from reclaimed / antique heart pine. This wood came from a 200 year-old textile mill that was set for demolition in lower Alabama. As with every piece of furniture that we make, we strive to include the modern and historical influences of the South in as many details as possible.
Design | Jonathon Quinn
Credenza | 88″W x 18″D x 28″H
Material | Reclaimed/Antique Heart Pine