Monday, October 12, 2009

Beverly Hills Style Magazine, Fall 2009 p47 article on me and my company

Natural Living

Organic elements infuse warmth, style, and sophistication into your home / by Rick Campos

Beyond the tomato and your favorite cookie, the label “organic” is branching out from the supermarket. With real branches! Interior designers around the globe have added a
new technique to their bag of tricks. These days, no room is ready for the pages of a glossy magazine without an organic element. Displacing the requisite white orchid into second
place is the teak tree stump side table upon which it rests.

The word “organic” in the design industry means simply: an earthy element. There is much room for interpretation here, unlike the local farmers’ market with ultra-strict guidelines. The infusion of stone, concrete and re-claimed wood is creating a new transitional palette rich with warmth, shape, style, and sophistication.

For years, artist Tony Clark of Clark Functional Art has created one-of-a-kind pieces for luxury residences and highend 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 of art. His wood choices 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 reclaimed wood brings a sense of humanity and responsibility to the scene. For a cool, urban look, try pairing the natural unrefined dining table with sleek Lucite dining chairs. In a more traditional setting, surround a chunky root coffee table with four over sized 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 perhaps an address, phone number, or web site.

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