Only Love is Real

Only Love is Real is both the name and philosophy of the husband-and-wife design duo Matthew and Carly Jo Morgan. Working out of a Los Angeles studio, the couple hand makes furniture, drawing on Matthew’s training as a sculptor and Carly Jo’s background as a jeweler and bronze smith. Their designs synthesize an array of influences, featuring elaborate textile patterns, bronze or metal elements, and airy, geometric wooden forms that evoke the craftsman architecture of Los Angeles. The couple’s name is derived from a new age book about relationships, which preaches that “all conflict and confusion melts away in the presence of the Absolute, of Being, which we experience as love and compassion for one another.” Although they consider the connection between this concept and their furniture to be tenuous, they hope to inspire such an ethos with their work.