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Garden Sanctuaries

August 2012 Gallery

Presenting distinctive finds of natural materials comprising The Five Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to inspire your private sanctuary indoors or out…

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65 Million Year-Old Art :: Design Elements

May 2012 Gallery

Objet d’art :: Sink Vessels :: Floor and Wall Tile

65 to 180 Million Year Old Art  :: Javanese Petrified Wood

In late Tertiary (Pliocene) times, the region experienced near-perfect conditions for the creation of petrified wood. Until man’s intervention, the region was blanketed by thick tropical rainforest so there was plenty of wood to start with. These forests often develop on the flanks of volcanoes that occur along the “spine” of the country from Sumatra in the northwest toBaliand beyond in the southeast. It is this close proximity of forests to volcanic activity that was so conducive to preservation of the wood.

Periodically the various volcanoes erupted in much the same way as didMount St. Helensin 1980. Trees were blown down by the force of the eruption and encased in scorching volcanic ashes. If the trees were too close to the volcano, they were simply incinerated. Too far away, and the trees were not totally covered by the volcanic ash and with time they consequently rotted away in the normal way. However, in the middle of these two extremes, the trees were buried by thick ash which was so hot that it effectively sterilized the trees, destroying all the microbes that normally cause wood to rot.

The volcanic ash has another important function in the generation of petrified wood. It is rich in silica minerals, and the fluids percolating through the ash would also have been saturated with these minerals. The fluids seeping through the ash slowly dissolved the original organic matter of the tree, atom by atom, and replaced it with various silica-rich minerals such as quartz, chalcedony, and jasper. The preservation is so fine that in places you can see the cell structure of the original wood.

The beautiful and varied colors come from trace elements that are dissolved in the silica. Traces of iron, for instance, impart the shades of brown and amber, while manganese oxides produce the blacks and blues. Growth rings are less well developed relative to deciduous trees due to the lack of seasons in a tropical climate, while the large cell structures reflect the moist conditions in which the tree originally grew.


Natural Sinks

April 2012 Gallery

This month we are featuring natural sink designs that just arrived from our most recent buying trip to Java. Our designs have been created using green, sunset, ijo and natural onyx, petrified wood, riverstone and teak root.

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Four new stone tile designs have also arrived in time from spring and summer projects; petrified wood mosaic, pence mix mosaic sliced pebble, maroon mosaic sliced pebble and red-tan-white mosaic sliced pebble. We compliment our entire Spa Collection with artisan reclaimed and plantation grown teak furniture designs that create relaxing spaces.

 


Bali Design

March 2012 Gallery

Our Bali container has arrived, transforming our showroom once again with treasured finds and some new designs in sustainable furnishings. From among the rare and unusual, this fancifully carved antique bed of teak… 

                    

Featured this month as well, the oil paintings of a young Balinese artist who poignantly captures the timelessness of village life.

                                                                   

Sharing the walls are the whimsical creations of Lulu, whose pieced antique batik rugs are a favorite among Bali designers.

 


The Inseparable Pair

February 2012 Gallery

There can be no better month than February to honor the Indonesian tradition of rendering folk art in pairs. This symbolic tribute to an ordered universe is best exemplified in Javanese sculpture, and most celebrated in the Loro Blonyo, sculptures that depict the inseparable pair – Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility and the protector of the rice fields, and her consort Sedona.

Historically, these figures were presented on their own lavish bed, and so were affordable only by the aristocracy. During wedding ceremonies, they were replaced by the real bride and groom adorned in garments that replicated the home’s beloved Loro Blonyo.


Walls That Talk

January 2012 Gallery

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Our walls tell the story this month with an eclectic collection of hang-able folk-art. Combined, these paintings, weavings and architectural carvings offer a birds-eye-view into the past of what was once Dutch-Indonesia. Among our favorites: a pair of primitive storyboards, an ikat woven to document a bride’s dowry, and a Dayak “ship of souls” fiber textile. This is a fun and colorful collection that speaks for itself.


Masks: Myth and Magic

December 2011 Gallery

In our December gallery, we present the ceremony and myth behind our collection of masks.

From the divine to the demonic, these masks tell a story: recounting ancient Sanskrit epics and recalling tribal rites and rituals used to sustain life. Perhaps our favorite: a paddle mask from Timor worn to “save face” when anonymously “borrowing” from a neighbor’s crops.

Each mask is displayed amidst shaman or charm sticks, ancestor figures, stone guardians, or Wayang puppets that magically bring the mask to life.