Contemporary Western Design: High-Style Furniture & Interiors
by Thea Marx
Western design has evolved from the limitations of log-style architecture, simple and rough-hewn lodgepole pine furnishings, brightly colored leather ... Show synopsis Western design has evolved from the limitations of log-style architecture, simple and rough-hewn lodgepole pine furnishings, brightly colored leather, and Chimayo weavings to stately interiors that are graceful, elegant, and highly polished, incorporating upscale fabrics and ornamentation. Contemporary Western Design: High-Style Interiors and Architecture features a new era of artists, designers, and architects who are designing with a sophisticated flair, unabashedly mixing unusual materials, recycled components, and luxurious fabrics with the beautiful woods that grace the West. An extensive exploration of western design, both past and present, Contemporary Western Design provides insight into the lives and work of the great Western artisans who paved the way, and looks at the artisans who are leading the pack in creating a whole new genre of western style. Contemporary Western Design includes a complete resource section, making it easy to locate the artists and access their work. A native of Kinnear, Wyoming, Thea Marx is a former executive director of the Western Design Conference. She has devoted much of her career to working with western craftspeople and artists and to developing an organization that would proudly promote their work. Marx also works as a spokesperson for Cowboys & Indians magazine and helps to establish venues for western design around the country. She lives with her two daughters in Cody, Wyoming.