In an Artist/Craftsman it’s the degree of life force canonized into craft. The degree; the purity; the intensity. We can relate to the work of individuals to the magnificent communal creations of unknown, humble artisans of past age and draw inspiration.
— Soetsu Yanag, The Unknown Craftsman

About Sojen

Sojen Design is a custom contemporary design studio with a focus on an aesthetic of simplicity and intrinsic beauty. At Sojen, integrity of craft is the driving force in our ability to design and produce quality pieces of furniture and sculpture. The art that is created is one of a kind, unique to the artist. The intention is that each piece that is crafted expresses a sense of beauty and intrigue.

Sojen believes that the objects that you have around you, the places where they came from, and the people who build them all add a spiritual value to the space that each piece occupies. These objects are an expression of a time and place that will carry on for generations.

Sojen Design is committed to high quality craftsmanship and sustainability, therefore whenever possible we use locally harvested material and finish our pieces with hand rubbed oil.

Artist Bio

Marcus Soto began his adventure in craft woodworking in Boulder, Colorado after a Basic Woodworking course with Harv Mastalir and a finishing apprenticeship at Sam Sargent & Company. His Boston shop teacher will tell you that his journey began long before that when he was learning woodworking in middle school. His passion eventually led him back east where he attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. 

Since then he has increased his repertoire with over fifteen years experience working in various shops, large and small. The relationships and opportunities of each shop providing him with the knowledge and expertise that carries his craft forward to today. The art that he creates is imbued with Marcus’ energy; meticulous, serene, and authentic.

Currently, he is the owner of Sojen and lives in the Central Adirondacks with his family.