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Jamey Garza : Modernist Furniture Out Of The Wild West

GARZA is a Texan furniture label created by Marfa-based artist turned designer Jamey Garza and his wife Constance. The collection is all about minimalist saddle leather, wood and powder-coated steel furniture that perfectly suits the surrounding West Texas landscape : sparse, well-worked and elegant. Yes, you guessed well, I have crush for this Wild West Modernist furniture.

Round Saddle Leather Chair – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Upholstered in oiled and tanned saddle leather to a natural finish.

Sitting in Texas, thinking of Acapulco … Round Saddle Leather Chair

Jamey Garza has been intrigued by the Acapulco chair — which has a colorful nylon-cord or plastic bucket seat on top of an iron base — since he first encountered it nearly 10 years ago. Mr. Garza, an artist and designer, and his wife, Constance Holt-Garza, had two of the cord version in their yard in Marfa, Tex.

And while the chairs didn’t age well, they did provide inspiration for a new design. “We realized we could redefine the Acapulco chair by making it an interior piece, with a wishbone leg base and a leather bucket seat,” he said.

The New York Times

Saddle Leather Ottoman – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Upholstered in oiled and tanned saddle leather to a natural finish.

Oval Saddle Leather Chair

Oval Saddle Leather – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Upholstered in oiled and tanned saddle leather to a natural finish.

Saddle Leather Dining Chair

Saddle Leather Dining Chair – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Upholstered in oiled and tanned saddle leather to a natural finish.

Saddle Leather Cot

Saddle Leather Cot – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Upholstered in oiled and tanned saddle leather to a natural finish.

36″ Round Cafe Table

36″ Round Cafe Table – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Woods available vary but may include walnut, pecan, hickory, mahogany, reclaimed and regional specialty woods.

18″ Round Stool

18″ Round Stool – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Woods available vary but may include walnut, pecan, hickory, mahogany, reclaimed and regional specialty woods.

Coffee Table/Bench – Steel rod frame with choice of natural steel finish or powder paint finish in red, orange, blue, aqua, green, or white – Woods available vary but may include walnut, pecan, hickory, mahogany, reclaimed and regional specialty woods.

Thought I would also take this opportunity to talk about the Thunderbird Hotel, a classic midcentury roadside born-again motel rethought by Lake/Flato Architects in 2005. The rooms are furnished with Jamey Garza’s custom-made pecan furniture and outfitted with industrial lights from Jiélde, hand-woven Bolivian Frasada blankets and Indian cotton sheets.

 

“Unlike most Marfa establishments, the Thunderbird has no movie posters on the walls from Giant, the western saga famously filmed in this small West Texas town in 1955. Instead, walls are hung with works by artists in residence at the Chinati Foundation, a modern-art museum established by the innovative installation artist Donald Judd, who called Marfa home.

Liz Lambert, who turned an old motor court named the San Jose into Austin’s must-stay hotel, has brought her quirky minimalism west, transforming the 46-year-old Thunderbird into a 24-room oasis. Interiors are sparse but striking, with low platform beds covered in vivid Bolivian blankets.

 

The oblong pool is encircled by a curtain of spindly ocotillo cactuses, jasmine climbs screens made from drill pipe used in Texas oil fields, and a massive slab of mesquite serves as a tabletop in front of the outdoor fire pit.” Conde Nast Traveler

For more information, go to the Thunderbird Hotel.

Thunderbird and Capri Marfa Hotels Vintage Postcard

East Arbor Thunderbird Marfa Hotel

Original Lobby Thundebird Marfa Hotel

Thunderbird Marfa Hotel

Hwy 90 to Marfa, TX.

Photos © GARZA + The Thunderbird Hotel

1 Comment

  • 6 years ago

    I believe this is what you get as dynamic duo (husband and wife) to come up such offers of furniture and material embellishments with a mixture of extraordinary outline and Southern vision and impact. This surely remakable and it makes a new line of strong statment and in some point redefine the “simplicity is beauty”…

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