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Publication Date: 2015-09-22

Design Insights

4 Ways to Mix Natural Materials With Luxury Finishes

As part of What’s New, What’s Next at the New York Design Center, McGuire Furniture collaborated with four talented designers to create vignettes around the concept of "natural luxury," bringing the outside in with high design and artwork curated through Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art. See images of the inspiring spaces and be sure to visit the first floor of the New York Design Center if you’re in Manhattan; the rooms will be in place for the next several weeks.


1. Travel Meets Design

"I see so many natural influences in McGuire’s collections—the genius way they combine materials and the simple, natural forms that make up their beautiful contemporary pieces. I wanted our room to be a collection of tribally influenced items—as if I had just gone to Africa and returned with a collection of things that I mixed with contemporary art and furniture. What inspires me is finding the similarities between what we see from ancient cultures and the influence that has on design today." —Kati Curtis, Kati Curtis Design

2. The Influence of Color

“Bringing the outdoors in was key—I wanted to accent the casual luxury and natural materials of McGuire furniture with a modern black, white, and tan scheme.” —Christopher Coleman, Christopher Coleman Interior Design

3. Art as Inspiration

“We began by choosing our favorite pieces from McGuire's collection and then added accessories and styling elements to complement the furniture. I drew inspiration from the Gunnar Theel triptych. With its vibrant colors and modern lines, it is the perfect backdrop for a room that is both comfortable and chic. We also wanted to remain true to the theme of ‘natural luxury’ that defines McGuire's furniture and is 100% in alignment with our vision as well. A modern, but warm space is definitely created by a very natural palette and concept.” —Neal Beckstedt, Neal Beckstedt Studio

4. The Power of Textures

“I associate McGuire furniture with handcrafted details and natural materials, such as rattan and rawhide. The surfaces are textured and earthy, with stylish designs. I also strive for an earthy, serene atmosphere in my work, so I selected just enough to balance the room. Although the room has two dramatic accents in the ten foot high shutters and tree trunk sculpture, it remains quiet, so the people inside are the focus. It is through living within these environments that we appreciate our beautiful surroundings.”—Kathryn Scott, Kathryn Scott Design Studio


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