Dec 13, 2009

Organic Elements infuse warmth, style, and sophistication into your home.

One of my favorite things to do is share amazing resources and talented artists with fellow designers. I was recently approched by a lifestyle magazine to contribute and share some of my favorites things with their readers. This article was featured in the FALL Issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine.

Designers around the globe have added a new design technique to their overflowing bag of tricks. These days no room is ready for the pages of a glossy home magazine without an organic element. Displacing the requisite white orchid into second place is the teak stump side table on which it rests upon.

The word “organic” is referred to in the design industry as simply an earthly element. There is much room left for interpretation, unlike when used in the context of our local farmer’s market. The infusion of stone, concrete, and re-claimed wood is creating a new transitional palette rich with warmth, style, and sophistication.

For years artist Tony Clark of Clark Functional Art has created one of a kind pieces for luxury residences and high end commercial applications. His coral like root coffee tables and enormous free edge dining tables are focal points in designer living spaces from Laguna Beach to Napa Valley. Tony collects re-claimed slabs and tree stumps from around the globe to create his works or art. The wood species lean more toward the exotic varieties such as teak, rosewood, and Honduras mahogany.

It seems no matter how traditional, contemporary, or modern a space is, the inclusion of organic elements such as re-claimed wood brings a sense of humanity and responsibility to the scene. For a cool urban look I recommend pairing the natural unrefined dining table with sleek Lucite dining chairs. In a more traditional setting surround a chunky root coffee table with four oversized wing back chairs to create a classic conversation area with a unique focal point.

Clark Functional Art is available to the trade at Gina B & Company in the Laguna Design Center