HOME FURNISHINGS MADE OF NATURAL MATERIALS
On a recent shopping trip for a client I was in search of home furnishings made of natural materials to furnish their beach side home. I discovered some interesting finds at Designer Furniture Gallery at the Seattle Design Center in Georgetown. I would like to share with you some of these finds.
This piece is simple and dramatic at the same time. A dark rectangular base of plastic material is punched with holes to accept the large bamboo poles. Ten poles are inserted in the holes which fall this way and that which looks natural and artistic at the same time. The large bamboo poles in this particular example have been stained dark but a natural finish would be pleasing if one were desiring a California, Big Sur kind of look.
This tall Palecek floor lamp has a concealed metal center support but the upright members appear to be a casual collection of standing twigs which might have been found on a beach or along a river which were then bundled together. The large drum shade is in natural raffia with a ball finial. The overall effect is organic, airy and textually pleasing.
This chest has wonderful texture and the pleasing look of natural linen. It is both sophisticated and casual. The simple pulls have a classic contemporary look. This piece could be featured in a foyer or the living room.
The simple raw nature of this piece is the perfect counterpoint to dramatic crystal vase that it supports. The contrast between the two materials is what is most effective. The top has a thin metal plate that establishes a smooth and level surface to place objects on.
This chair evokes another era and maybe even an ancient past, perhaps Egypt. The simple woven lampacanai back is a striking counterpoint to the dark-stained mindi wood frame. The natural canvas cushion adds another element that is just right. A lovely composition that has many different applications. The chair seat is very comfortable and the slight curve of the tall back offers wonderful support.
This chair is a great accent chair and would be a nice companion to a writing desk that is freestanding, perhaps in a large living room or alcove. The clean, swooping lines are very appealing and eye-catching..
The Boulevard Arm Chair by Palecek is made with a plantation hardwood frame and hand-turned arms and legs. The back features woven core rattan front and back. This is a very interesting chair which is truly unique. The back reminds me of a woven shawl and has some shadow resemblance to an American Shaker chair.