Designer Favorites

Seeking Inspiration-The Heard Museum

Yesterday Matt and I visited the Heard Museum in Downtown Phoenix in search of knowledge and inspiration.  It was such a rewarding and enriching experience, and wonderful to spend the day in the cold AC.  We started with lunch in the Courtyard Cafe, delicious tastes of the southwest; guacamole, posole and street tacos...topped off with prickly pear lemonade, delish!  As we explored the permanent collection, I took the time to read and study the patterns and shapes of the textiles, basketry and pottery surrounding us.  Below is a quote I found particularly meaningful and I feel puts into words so eloquently what home is to us at BSA.  I hope to continue injecting this spirit into all of the homes we are so fortunate to be a part of designing. 

Redefining "Home"

As children we grow up knowing our neighbors not as people living next door to us, but as relatives.  Our Aunt and her family lived on one side, and our cousin and his family lived on the other.  That is the way it always has been.  

A home is both the space inside and outside the building.  A home is more than just the structure, the house, the ki;, the hogan, the wikieup.  Ki: in O'odham means both house and home.  It is the aroma, the textures of the building that helps us remember.  The smell of the wet dirt walls, the smell of dry dust.  

It is the smell of the green brush on the roof, in the walls.  It is the texture.  The smooth mud walls, the rough ribs from cactus and ocotillo, the branches of cottonwood and posts from cedar and pine.

Home is a place that has the right feel, the right smell, the right sense of coolness when you touch the walls. 

-Ofelia Zepeda, Tohono O'odham

 

Also not to be missed is the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit showing now thru August 20th. Several masterpieces by both artists are on display along with many photographs of the two, some created by world class photographic artists of their time.  

We finished up the day exploring the museum shop.  Many fine Native American artwork is available for purchase such as pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry and textile weavings.  You can be sure that the pieces you purchase at the Heard are authentic and created by Native American artisans.  

Please consider supporting the Native arts community by spending the day at the Heard Museum.   I hope that your experience will be a rewarding as ours was.

-VK

Designer Favorites: The Bronze Age as featured in Distinctive

This month, we were honored to be featured in the most recent edition of the new north Scottsdale publication, Distinctive.  Our feature for this magazine centered on bronze light fixtures, and our lead designer, Victoria, provided some of her favorites.  We love connecting and networking with the amazing design professionals in the Scottsdale area, and we are excited to see how this publication seeks to unite all of the various trades and showcase the amazing work that happens here. We included the feature in this blog post so you can see all of the goodies, but pick up a copy if you're around north Scottsdale!

Decorative lighting defines an interior.  As the defining element, skillfully curated lighting collections can transform a home from mundane to extraordinary.  No matter the style of home, the warm glow of forged or cast bronze envelops the viewer with a sense of tranquility and comfort. Though iron has traditionally dominated lighting fixtures of the Southwest since it was first introduced centuries ago, fixtures executed in bronze are right at home in our region.    The artistry and attention to detail embodied in a custom bronze lighting piece elevate the look of any room from Contemporary to Traditional. The most successfully executed looks incorporate new pieces juxtaposed with rare found fixtures.  Here we feature a few of our favorites.  We are limited only by the imagination when we team with local artisans and craftsmen who can help make any vision a reality. 
— Victoria King, Principal Designer
Ironware International | Gisele 4 Light Chandelier

Ironware International | Gisele 4 Light Chandelier

Ralph Pucci | Lianne Gold | Glass Sconce

Ralph Pucci | Lianne Gold | Glass Sconce

Hammerton Forge | Cover Sconce

Hammerton Forge | Cover Sconce

Allison Berger for Holly Hunt | Aura Pendant

Allison Berger for Holly Hunt | Aura Pendant

Kelly Wearstler | Esker Double Fold Sconce

Kelly Wearstler | Esker Double Fold Sconce

Felix Augustini by Charles Paris | Ariel Sconce

Felix Augustini by Charles Paris | Ariel Sconce

Rocky Mountain Hardware | Vessel Sconce

Rocky Mountain Hardware | Vessel Sconce

Sun Valley Bronze | Pendant Pulley Light

Sun Valley Bronze | Pendant Pulley Light

Vintage French Chandelier found on 1st Dibs

Vintage French Chandelier found on 1st Dibs