The Fechin collection of furniture.

One event very close to my heart happened recently. Someone who had stayed at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, inquired if it was feasible to make one small pair of cabinet doors in the Anasazi blanket style. for a home in the South of France.  Instead of being asked to design the next giant project, we were being asked to produce one tiny piece from the old catalog!    I was thrilled about this.  We made them to order with a very short turn around, sculpted new hardware cast in bronze, and shipped them off to France!  Almost immediately our dear new customer requested more items from our catalog, and a small collection is in the works.  So we really can do the massive all inclusive projects, but also with great joy we can make one unique item. I love to imbue the same sense of style and care into the  smallest order or the largest.


They ordered 3 pieces from some of my favorite early creations.


Native American Art is the new art deco

When I first came to New Mexico, I quickly discovered the vast wealth of the art of the First Nation Americans. I studied the Navajo blankets, Lakota costumes, Aztec headdresses etc.  and felt this was a resource as important to the world of design as the Egyptian archeological finds were in the 1920’s.  In the first picture you can see the effect of Egyptomania, and how it informed the entire art deco movement.


Egyptian art inspired several generations and freed modern design from the constraints of the Victorian era.


Wonderful jewelry, costumes, furniture and architecture  flowed from the many artists during the period and became extremely popular in North America.



I wondered if the same force would drive the Southwest art into the mainstream.


These Doors styled after blankets were created for the Inn of the Anasazi.  Santa Fe.  With a special hand planed textured surface the wood took on the feel of textile.

With a similar admiration for Native American art, I made doors that looked like blankets, to emulate the Anasazi  who hung blankets over their doorways, and beds adorned with carved headdress to emulate the high level of ritual art.  This led me to produce a whole collection of furnishings and details that played off this vast resource.  This was my first homage to the wonderful artists of the First nation. From the Pacific North to the Southwest, I found the common thread of playfulness with outline, eye dazzling color, and deeply impressionistic symbolism.



A cabinet styled after the Haida tribe ornamental shield.







This corner display cabinet is derived from the art of the Hopi, who were true abstract impressionists.


The central motif is of the eagle, as if looking from the eye of the eagle.





This display cabinet features the Klingit Totems and is styled after their longhouse architecture.


From the Northern forests, across the central plains and the southwest deserts, the art of the First Nation people formed a great inspiration for me.