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.
This Blog is going to explore the process of creating a space we are calling “Mountain Veranda” using local artists and builders to design and build all of the pieces that are going into the space as well as the space itself. This is all for the Handmade in America Design Expo being held at the Arboretum in June.
I am an interior design student interning with the interior designer on the team
Gini Crowder-Marshall http://www.agespastasheville.comThe other members of our team include
team leader: architect, Micheal McDonough www.mcdonougharchitect.com
Some of Our Contributing artists:
Dan Fowler www.scribefitlogbuilders.com
Nathan Rose www.nathanrosefurniture.com
Peter Belt firstname.lastname@example.org. 258.8417
wood worker (Appalachia chair and rain barrel)
Dan Fowler email@example.com 713-7657
Andrew Cachera firstname.lastname@example.org 215-7618
Metal (lanterns, sculptures)
Ralph Berger http://rjbalchemist.blogspot.com
Wood (Nap Couch)
David Humphrey squarepeginc.net Office 828-277-5164
email@example.com cell 828-280-6243
Iron (Birds nest Fire pit)
Tina Councell/Zoe Dadian firstname.lastname@example.org 712-8254
Nathan Rose email@example.com 704-829-5059
Florist (Flowers & plants)
Courtney Bloomfield Courtney@shadygroveflowers.com 236-1713
Shady Grove Flowers www.shadygroveflowers.com
.Ceramicist (tumblers, pitcher, and vessel)
Akira Satake firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscape design (river stone & plants)
Ann Higgins email@example.com
Higgins Horticultural Services, LLC (828) 713-8688
Upholstery (cushions & pillows)
Pat Moss firstname.lastname@example.org
Biltmore Upholstery 274-6722.
Metal & wood artists (small side table)
Aaron Bailey and Jesse Morgan email@example.com
Edge Gallery www.edgeofasheville.com. 257-3065
Woodworker (Bar table)
Robert Lock firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Lock Studio 545 0082
Artist (low table)
Chukk Bruursema Chukkb73@yahoo.com
Recherche Chukkbruursema.com 616 990 1124
Sunbrella canopy & furniture fabrics
Glenn Raven, Inc glenraven.com