Tucker Talk

I dreamed my dream and I walked into it. I am passionate about the cooperation among global cultures - bringing the spirit and craft from tribal cottage industry to contemporary life.
Our Artisan Showcase last night was a resounding success. Many thanks to our artisans and guests! The image features some sustainable textiles by #avani.

Our Artisan Showcase last night was a resounding success. Many thanks to our artisans and guests! The image features some sustainable textiles by #avani.

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This #pillow doesn’t look very comfortable but it is a beautiful accent piece. Would you sleep on this? #wood #functionalart

This #pillow doesn’t look very comfortable but it is a beautiful accent piece. Would you sleep on this? #wood #functionalart

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From our Greatest Hits: a video profile of Tucker Robbins. Produced by William Geddes.

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More beautiful wood than we can show at once. Stacks and stacks! #wood

More beautiful wood than we can show at once. Stacks and stacks! #wood

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I love this wood. Our paldao wood table.

I love this wood. Our paldao wood table.

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Opposites Attract

Only in the realm of art and magic can opposites such as the brute and gold coexist. Reconciled through the noble hands of artist and artisans that for generations have shaped the earth’s rawest and roughest layers into beautiful ornaments and decorations. A roughing that gives way to new life. One where the Brute and the Gold coexist as part of creation. There’s beauty in both.

Standing in the middle of a cedar forest, Espen’s rough-hewn totems stare back at the firing pits of the Inca where the Gold Ceramic Bangles are now being made. The same gold that Olivia rubs and shapes into iconic shapes of wax and  graphite that now grace our walls. 

On a more personal level it has always been my sister - Claire Miner - design collaborator and closest friend, who’s bruted down some of my rougher edges, by incorporating a feminine touch into my collections. 

These are all references of a refinement that is to me an acknowledgment of the forces of nature, a reference to civilization, to the interconnectedness that brings us together. Gold, wax, totems, circles, relationships and story telling.

Where we come and where we’re going… the circle of life.

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Synchronicity Part 2, Why I looked for the UAE on a map

One day my friend Tucker Robbins called me, sounding like a kid who had just discovered fireflies and said, “Sara, you’ll never guess who I met on the train home to New York from Washington, DC!”. He explained that he had met an extremely charming young Arab man named Hussain Al Amry, who is the host of a program called ‘Million’s Poet’, a popular TV show in the Arabian World.

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Synchronicity Part 1, How I Met Tucker Robbins

So how did I meet Tucker? We seem to always be answering that question. In the Spring of 2001 … After rounding a corner somewhere in the never-never land that is the Sands Convention Center, I spied an interesting booth. Inhabiting it were the sorts of pieces that are illustrated here–plus an egg shaped stool carved from Acacia wood here, a Spider’s Nest (who knew what a spider’s nest was in 2001?) there. I was instantly transfixed–nobody else was showing anything remotely similar.

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nixipottery:

Success….
The desired black pottery color was achieved in the new kiln.
Much discussion and many questions for John Neeley about the next steps toward making this enclosed kiln a permanent part of the Nixi process, hoping that he will return to build and even bigger kiln !

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Roundabout 
Though Emilio Pucci’s artistic director reportedly flies back and forth between Paris and Florence for work everyday, Peter Dundas still keeps a pretty impressive pad near the Pucci headquarters just in case. Seen here is the gorgeous wooden staircase in his 15th-century palazzo apartment. Now that’s something we wish we could find on eBay.
(Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar. Text by Jenny Bahn)

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Roundabout 

Though Emilio Pucci’s artistic director reportedly flies back and forth between Paris and Florence for work everyday, Peter Dundas still keeps a pretty impressive pad near the Pucci headquarters just in case. Seen here is the gorgeous wooden staircase in his 15th-century palazzo apartment. Now that’s something we wish we could find on eBay.

(Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar. Text by Jenny Bahn)

(Source: designtraveller, via aunatural)

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