Our team explores the synthesis of coastal design icons that invoke feelings of relaxation and sensuality, with the Appalachian vernacular of rustic craft and natural materials, in the form of an outdoor room that seeks to engage the beauty and tranquility of the mountain landscape. What started out as an arbor, open to the elements, evolved into a more seasonal sheltered space populated by custom furniture & accessories.
We seek to define a new style for outdoor living in the mountains.
The elements of Earth, air, fire and water are engaged, and the crackle of a fire in our fire pit is the mountain metaphor for the sounds of the surf.
Each piece (except the lawn chairs) started with design sketches by Michael McDonough, exploring the dialogue between natural and man made, and order and organic disorder. Each piece then evolved in the hands and vision of each artist and craftsperson.
The large “Unaka” Black Walnut couch is designed to encourage an afternoon nap. Named for the Unicoi people who roamed this region, the word was used to describe the white mist that drapes the mountains after a rain on summer days.
The Black Locust appadack chair blends Stickley and Adirondack styles, then adds rhododendron branches and upholstery.
The low black walnut table and the “birds nest” firepit celebrate the play between natural and manmade. The firepit also references traditional Cherokee basket making traditions.
The rain barrel seeks to celebrate the rain, and is made of Black Locust with metal accents.
The large black locust lawn chairs are simple, sturdy and comfortable, recalling traditional Appalachian furniture.
All the fabrics are by Sunbrella, and are made to resist the elements.