Skram Furniture Company is based in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, an area that has long been a hub of furniture manufacturing. Skram's approach to manufacturing is rooted in the belief that the objects produced by a society are a reflection of the character and priorities of that society. Skram seeks to promote an interpretation of sustainability that directly impacts not only what is produced, but also the mode of production. Thus, Skram Furniture brings the artisan back to the factory, producing objects on a scale that permits the fulfillment of volume orders without sacrificing the attention to detail expected by its customers.
Skram emphasizes sustainable practices, authentic materials, and extraordinary workmanship. Skilled craftsmen utilize a mix of traditional techniques and cutting-edge fabrication processes to create products that meet the highest standards of precision and durability. With expertise in a wide range of materials — including timber, hardwood veneer, assorted metals, leather, and stone — Skram's products are uniquely suited to diverse settings.
Skram strives to minimize waste and the use of noxious chemicals, and to use responsibly harvested materials. As part of its ongoing program to mitigate the harmful effects associated with manufacturing, Skram uses non-toxic adhesives and industrial-strength, low-VOC, water-based polyurethane finishes. Additionally, the company is committed to broadening its offering of certified timber options as they become available in consistent quantity and quality. Locally harvested materials also constitute an important source of timber for Skram. In 2008, the company transitioned to a LEED contributing, formaldehyde-free, 100% pre-consumer recycled content substrate in veneered products. Skram is a member of American Forests, the Rainforest Alliance, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Jacob Marks was recently named one of the top 50 young designers of the Americas (Young Designers: Americas, Daab). His work is rooted in a philosophy that argues for the inextricability of good design and fine workmanship. Marks serves as principal and lead designer for Skram Furniture Company based in the U.S.A. His designs for Skram are defined by distinctive austerity and warmth and a timeless quality accentuated by the use of natural materials like timber, leather, stone, and metal.
He is distinguished for his graceful seating elements and spare, rectilinear casegoods and tables - unique in their negotiation of proportion, line and visual weight - Marks' designs have garnered international praise and been showcased in a range of residential and commercial spaces throughout the world.View other products by Jacob Marks