Philip Morley

Adjunct Professor since 2012

Classes taught

Philip Morley is a custom furniture maker,  located near Austin, Texas (philipmorleyfurniture.com/). His studio is a one-man shop in which he designs and builds one-of-a-kind furniture for clients across the United States.

Philip was originally trained at age 16 in carpentry and joinery under the City Guilds of London, England and worked on everything from marine boat veneer to refurbishing historic buildings in London, including a project at Covington Gardens.

His interest turned to furniture while working alongside a Rhode Island School of Design graduate. Philip quickly fell in love with the precision and craftsmanship required in furniture making and the unique challenge that every piece brought. Every project transformed a piece of wood into functional yet aesthetically inspirational pieces of art. Philip was able to apply his knowledge of traditional carpentry and joinery to the art of furniture making, and thus, the journey to starting Philip Morley Furniture Company had begun.

After moving to the United States in 2003, Philip continued exploring furniture design under Richard Chillcott in Apollo Beach, Florida. Working with the Chillcott Group opened his eyes to new design possibilities.

The Morley family moved to Texas where he served as an apprentice to master craftsman Michael Colca for six years. Under Michael, Philip truly honed his skills in furniture construction and was introduced to Austin Community College.

 

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