Grant Gill’s Passion For Design Shines Through In His Furniture


wood chair with black fabric

“I’m a thinker,” says Alabama-born Grant Gill, whose exquisite furniture designs stem from a background in fine-art sculpture and a stint in Slovakia, just down the Danube River from where Thonet’s influence famously reverberated out of 19th-century Vienna. Dropping out of the master’s program at Florida State University and moving home to pursue his true passion, Gill found a mentor in Michael Morrow of Birmingham’s MDM Design Studio, working mostly on custom commissions. A year later, Gill was moonlighting with his own work, ultimately launching a five- piece collection featuring his favorite Ivan lounge chair (with seats upholstered by Montgomery leatherworker Jamey Johnson) and a superlative cabinet dubbed Dimitry. Moving to Nashville encouraged Gill to invest full force, forming a new studio for his bench-made creations. Traditional joinery techniques impart an heirloom quality, while low-VOC finishes and North American hardwoods keep them sustainable, especially with Gill’s plans for urban harvesting on the horizon. And although this fall will see his sophomore launch—a limited-run series of dining tables and chairs in cerused ash—Gill continues to relish commissions. “I love working for architects particularly. They send over these beautiful, immaculate drawings. It’s amazing.”

wooden cabinet