Thursday, August 12, 2010

Love it or Leave it - Exposed Furniture?

Dan Marty,Designer and owner of the West Hollywood showroom Maison au Naturel, has taken natural to a new level. Many pieces featured in the showroom, and his home, are left uniquely exposed or, as some may say, "unfinished".
In Marty's dining room, featured in House Beautiful Magazine, May 2010, we see dining chairs missing their back panels, while exposing the construction of the tufted fronts. According to Marty, "They hand-tying is so beautiful, I thought: Why cover it? It makes me happy just to look at it.  And it creates more texture in the room."

The same chairs in the Maison au Naturel Shop.

Marty's living room, also from the May 2010 House Beautiful,  shows another exposed piece with a burlap backing and upholstery nails.
And again in his shop we see both the tufted dining chairs and a wing chair with just it's burlap lining.

Love it or leave it? Do you agree with Dan Marty on the beauty of theses textural, exposed pieces? Or will you take your chairs full upholstered, thank you very much?

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Unknown said...

I've never seen that before! Don't know if I'm sold on it or not.. But still a cool idea!

Debra said...

I think I've got to "leave it" not my cup of tea!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Oh! My. Um...I really find myself disliking it. But if it floats someone else's boat then fine by me! :)

no-free-lunches said...

This look reminds me of my college days in Boston when we scoured the city's alleys and streets on trash days. We definitely got some "unfinished" furniture finds! No thanks.


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