The muse for each of my designs always emerges as a feeling before morphing into an image. The feeling stays through the process, and I hold that to check my work as I go. I want to make sure the pieces’ form generates that feeling for those who experience it.
Years ago, I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, where, among other things, he spoke about a few people who studied the relationship between facial expressions and how emotions activate the muscles that create them. Some people were able to train themselves to mimic these facial expressions so accurately that the emotions were triggered perfectly. What I try to do with my designs is to let the feeling that generated the inspiration for the new design guide my work. If I follow this guide well enough, the furniture I design from this approach will elicit a similar feeling in those who experience my furniture. I hear enough reports from customers that I am convinced that this aspect of design is the most important part of our work. I won’t achieve this without a disciplined approach to how each piece performs physically, balances visually, and feels to the touch. These elements make up the foundation that gives life to a piece rather than being the life of the piece.
Keep up the great work you do. I love sitting in my kitchen because of you all.
Our lily bar stools exemplify this ideal of transferring the feeling of the muse that inspired their development. We pour our energy into making sure that every detail adheres to this goal. The response from our clients validates our efforts, and we have enjoyed a growing family of Lily bar stool caretakers.
We share this story to thank those who have supported our work and to invite new patrons into this experience. We love making these barstools and look forward to expanding the family.
I love my Lily barstools. Every morning, I turn one around to face the view of the lake behind my house. I sit on the stool in silence, eating my breakfast, watching the birds, and noticing the changing of the seasons. Bliss.
I love our Lily bar stools! I first saw and sat in them over 10 years ago. Every time we went to Asheville, we would try and stop in to see what was going on in your shop. It took me quite a while to convince my husband to stop looking and make a purchase. Our home is small; I had remodeled the kitchen in 2010, wanting a small bar to sit to look at cookbooks, catch up on correspondence, and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee with my husband or a friend. The Lily’s just elevated the whole room, adding a cozy and elegant ambiance to a room I spend a lot of time in.I love our Lily bar stools! I first saw and sat in them over 10 years ago. Every time we went to Asheville, we would try and stop in to see what was going on in your shop. It took me quite a while to convince my husband to stop looking and make a purchase. Our home is small; I had remodeled the kitchen in 2010, wanting a small bar to sit to look at cookbooks, catch up on correspondence, and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee with my husband or a friend. The Lily’s just elevated the whole room, adding a cozy and elegant ambiance to a room I spend a lot of time in.
We still love our Lilly bar stools as much today as we did when they first arrived seven years ago. We spend the majority of our time in the great room and enjoy them every day. Over the years, our guests have always been very complimentary of their beauty and comfort.
Our gallery in Asheville has several items that have been kept in safekeeping while visitors tour the shop or come to choose their favorite chair and walnut slab. Some of those items have been added to a new page that you can view here.
You will find a few table options, sets of chairs and barstools, Sonu’s guitar chairs, and more. These items will all get extra special TLC (and corresponding customization) before being shipped to you in January. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an exceptional opportunity to own four Vintage Berea Hickory Barstools circa the early 1990s that we picked up from dear friends and clients while we were in California. They no longer have a bar to accommodate them, so they are looking for a new home.