For artists Joseph Cleghorn and Connor Moxam, truly exceptional design begins with a precise blend of technical expertise, artistic creativity, and a trailblazing vision. The two began working together in 2016, bonded by a shared respect for the fundamentals of furniture design and a desire to create a mark within the crowded industry. After setting up Chapter and Verse, a design and fabrication studio based in Brooklyn, they quickly gained a reputation for delivering custom furniture and millwork of the highest engineering and craftsmanship to top interior designers, artists, and architects nationwide. Their versatile approach has made them a reliable resource for renowned designers such as Brian J. McCarthy, David Kleinberg, and Emily Summers.
Having achieved success through their commission practice, in October of 2022 the duo unveiled their first works of high end design under their own names exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio.
Experimentation and a drive to produce more innovative designs lead to a proprietary material technique they call “Sarcomere.” Manipulating woven strands of cardboard encased in a series of resin pours into complex patterns, the new material is durable, sustainable, with endless possibilities for both construction and design. Glazes, lacquers and applied metals, give the surface a metal-like look and feel. Similarly they have developed another idiosyncratic material derived from extensive trial and error. By engineering recycled rubber (typically used for playgrounds and running tracks) into rough granules cast in applied bronze, the two have created a durable tessellated surface that mimics Jean Dunand’s famous eggshell lacquer, “Coquille-d’œuf,”
“Joseph and I like to have fun with materiality and make these big crazy moves and play with form, but the work really comes down to the nuts and bolts,” says Moxam. “Everything is executed down to its fundamentals, and those details are really important to us.”