We’re always excited when we can stage local talent on the K2 Studio floor. This spring we are spotlighting four new artists with signature styles and a lot of “Wow” factor. Please drop in to enjoy these and many more of our gifted regional contributors.
Gabe from Weaverville has just arrived on the scene with a retro-chic beauty in walnut (left). Like many of his pieces, this show-stopping coffee table is built from locally sourced woods, lovingly finished to feature the natural grace of the grain. The table features a hardware-free glide drawer and heritage-quality dovetail joinery. Gabe says that any good creative process should include “screaming successes and epic failures.” Happily, his successes are finding their way to K2 and customers are taking notice.
John comes to his new Asheville home by way of New York City. His lamps are dramatic functional art (right), crafted from elemental materials of wood, metal, and paper. About his process, John says, “I live with [my lamps] for a while … if others like them, I make more to sell. It’s as simple as that. Maybe it’s just where [wife] Lynne and I happen to be in our lives, or the delirium of the world, but light and serenity matter more than ever before.” Quirky embellishments include sheets of John’s original fiction and poetry – you have to read it to believe it.
Jenny has already graced K2′s front window and so far her work been a big hit. A rescuer of chairs in all shapes and sizes (left), Jenny likes to highlight unique silhouettes with funky fabrics, fur, painted wood, and vintage bling. Don’t be surprised to see her plumpy velvet pillow accented with a rhinestone button, or a stool dressed in mink booties. Jenny says, “I started my education and career in high end dressmaking… ( yes ball gowns and party dresses ) in Boca Raton Florida. I would call my new found love ‘Chair Art’ with a little fun and always function. I want people to smile at my work.. And of course, take it home for many more years of love. ”
Chris says his love of design began as a young man working closely with his father in his studio. Since then he’s developed a passion for furnishings that combine beauty with everyday utility. We are proud to show another of Chris’s live-edge masterpieces made from Hendersonville maple (right). As sturdy as they are graceful, Chris’s tables pair luscious natural lines with steel framing, a combination that dynamically weds organic to contemporary.