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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.

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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.


Cocktail Table Built w/ Antique Heart Pine

This is a custom piece that we designed a few months back that never made it onto the web.  Its a cocktail table w/ a hole cut out for a planter/bonsai tree.  We also designed a copper planter insert that was placed into the void.  The piece matches a platform sofa that we had already built for the client.

This piece was fabricated using recycled antique pine salvaged from a textile mill in Selma, AL.  You can find out more about our process and the materials that we use HERE.

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