Geoff McKonly Furniture
About The Artist
Geoff McKonly •
Furniture • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I received a background in fine art studying photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I'm always pulling from that education to work elements such as negative space to thinking about how to direct a viewers eye around my work. After working briefly in photography I started a boatbuilding school and while I was teaching others and myself boatbuilding became increasingly fascinated by the craft. I built boats for 13 years, giving it up when I moved to western Massachusetts with my family. Six months into relocating I decided to start fooling around with furniture. As I built my first few pieces I felt completely at home with the challenge, precision and purpose of furniture. I was used to curves and building in an exploratory way from working on boats and took on many unusual jobs that relied on my background. I now look to make furniture that often appears to be subtle but continues to offer the viewer excitement the longer they live with it.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I create a constant catalog of ideas to incorporate into designs or things I want to try. When I create a design I pull from these incorporating traditional joinery and hand worked details. I look at a design as a frame, similar to how I would take a photograph. My intent is to keep the eye of the viewer constantly moving, looking at interesting details, exposed joinery and the natural defects of the wood.