Our logo depicts the Greek god Dionysus as a young man wreathed in vine and grape clusters, symbolic of fertility and regeneration. Dionysus was originally known as the god of healing and fertility, particularly in the vegetable world where he regarded trees as sacred and was considered their protector.
To help bring our logo to life, we commissioned Charlottesville sculptor Steven Strumlauf to create the Dionysus portrait head seen throughout our showrooms. Steven first sculpted the head in wax, then cast it in bronze and plaster.
Steven also created our original McKinnon and Harris nameplates out of wax that we had cast in bronze and a few small bronze figures with a white patina that can be found in our New York and Los Angeles showrooms.
Steven lives with his wife, the talented painter, Sonia Fox. Their stone home, reminiscent of Italy with rich oriental rugs contrasting the stone, doubles as their studio. He studied at Queens College under Richard McDermott Miller, eventually becoming Miller's assistant at his studio on Grand Street in SoHo. He and Sonia moved to Charlottesville in 1979 where they built studios and a small bronze foundry. Steven has been making and studying sculpture ever since.
The sculpture bases are uniquely Virginian as well, made of soapstone from the Schuyler, Virginia quarry.