I started Marcus Studio in 1992, in a 100 year-old wooden carriage house in Pittsburgh, PA. 

My formal education is in the Fine Arts, having graduated Oberlin College in 1978 with a BFA degree in Painting and Printmaking. Since then, Iʼve worked professionally as a painter, graphic artist, offset printer, silk screener, and software engineer, before diving into furniture design and construction. The common thread that weaves all of these jobs together for me is a passion for “design and composition” which begins with a blank piece of paper and extends through the execution of a given piece.

Even my painting background has found a way to seep into the furniture, which often balances material contrasts between the organic earth-tones of the wood and “inorganic” materials such as frosted or painted glass, colored lacquers, or laminated acrylic sheets with embedded textures. This is where the fun begins for me.

 

 

 

 


 

A Fusion of Styles

To describe any artistic “style” is to define itʼs “vocabulary”, the rules of engagement. In my furniture work, it is still relatively easy to spot the ancestry of many “straight-line” styles that I admire for their simplicity and timeless beauty, including “Arts and Crafts”, Shaker, Danish, Scandanavian. From those rudimentary beginnings, my work has evolved by introducing details derived from Japanese, French Noveau, as well as contemporary American and Italian pieces. Through these various influences, I have begun to create my own vocabulary that is a fusion of many styles, and which expresses my own design sensibilities in a very clear and articulate way.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Our Workshop

Still located in the East End of Pittsburgh, in an industrial section of Larimer, Iʼm building furniture in my largest and best equipped “playpen” ever, approximately 10,000 square feet of woodworking heaven. The woodshop is a cooperative environment in which a number of woodworkers share much of the larger equipment and storage space, but where everyone maintains their own private bench areas. This arrangement proves conducive to sharing creative and technical ideas as well as the heavy loads that are prevalent in the work. Lots of natural light and 16 foot ceiling in my bench area make it a terrific place to come to work each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Our Gallery 

In addition to the woodshop, our building on Hamilton Ave. has a 2400 sq. ft. gallery space, which showcases our work.  All showroom pieces are for sale.

Please Note:  As of summer 2016, we will no longer be offering custom design services.  All pieces that we offer for sale will be on our showroom floor and/or advertised on our website.   If you are interested in purchasing any of the products listed in our Furniture Store,  we may be able to produce a "newly minted" version if we no longer have the piece in stock - please ask !   

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Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule an appointment to see the current contents of our gallery.  Here is a map of our location.