Scott Armstrong

Wyoming, USA

fine furniture maker

I design and build unique functional pieces of furniture with personality. Working on the premise of building on the past to make contemporary pieces of exceptional quality,using time tested joinery with traditional 
and modern materials.

Scott – studio furniture maker!

Contemporary design means something you haven’t seen before, in form or shape or in the combinations of colors and textures. Design of a piece is the blending of form, function and aesthetics. Function is most important, then form and lastly ornamentation. The three must blend seamlessly to create something that is both familiar and surprising.

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I was always going to make my living as an artist, it was just a question of which artistic discipline to pursue. My favorite pastimes as a kid involved drawing or building something, that is when I was happiest, and I really enjoyed the positive reactions to what I made.

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

It was probably a “hippy” marionette made from paper mache that  I made in my 3rd grade art class. It earned me an interview on the local university TV station, which was a big deal in 1964 when I was 8 yrs. old.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

My inspiration has come from movements more than individual artists, like the Art Deco movement which would include artists like Josef Hoffmann and Eileen Gray in the early 1900’s or the studio furniture movement from the 1960’s till today which includes Wendell Castle and John Makepeace. These are two periods when artists and designers were relatively free to explore new forms and materials and society in general was open to the idea that functional objects could be unique and artistic.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I would say my design style is friendly contemporary functional sculpture, I create useful objects that add beauty as well as function to living spaces. I design pieces that may challenge perceptions of what furniture is supposed to be and show what it can be. I believe my designs should be unexpected at the same time that they feel familiar, they are contemporary explorations of form with no fear of the past.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

My then new mother in law commissioned a small table when I was still in college which was a way of helping us out, I probably reached way past my abilities to try and impress her, it would be a difficult piece technically for me to build today 35 years later. I ended up with a great design that was fairly well made but I got paid pennies an hour by the time I was done. She is now 90 years old and still uses that table.

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

I would prefer to work on one piece at a time but that is almost never possible. It works best for me to stay focused on the piece at hand and not be trying to solve design and build problems on what can be pieces with different influences and parameters.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

Inspiration comes from life, if I am aware and observant I can be inspired by the shape of a cloud, the way dead trees stack up in a forest, or how a building fits its environment. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a client’s request for a specific piece, most of the time it is about me challenging myself to design something I haven’t made before or use a technique I want to master

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I live in a place that people from around the world come to visit, east of Yellowstone National Park, we take advantage of this place every chance we get, we ski in the winter and camp in the summer and hike just about anytime of the year. The rare times when I’m not in the studio I read and listen to music. My wife Suzanne and I have 2 kids and 2 grandkids that live in the same town as us so we get to see them all the time, in fact my son and daughter both have worked with me, Josh, my son still does

 I truly strive for excellence in not only my craftsmanship but also in the design of each piece.

A few pieces from Scott’s gallery

Dead Fall

Some Dreams Won't Die

Why they love Scott’s art

Bertie Eastman, Powell, Wyoming

“The table you created for me is so beautiful that every time I look at it I’m thankful that you are a part of our life. What would we do without you. Thank you so much for this gift. It’s the best piece of furniture I own.”

Rick and Julie Norberg, Powell, Wyoming

“ words cannot express how happy we are with this awesome home! Thank you both so much for being such a huge part of making our dreams a reality”

More about Scott

Shows & Exhibitions

 

I do one show a year, the annual By Western Hands exhibit that takes place in Cody, Wyoming every September.