Art with a Job: An End to the Debate of Form vs. Function

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Art with a Job: An End to the Debate of Form vs. Function

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There are times in our lives we face the form vs. function dilemma – do you go with the beautiful piece that speaks to you but doesn’t quite get the job done, or do you choose the utilitarian option that leaves something to be desired aesthetically?  Isn’t it ideal when we can have both stunning form and perfect function?

In a continual effort to push boundaries and explore new avenues of design, the Dream Home Building and Design Team was delighted to take a “field trip” to Terasteel Furniture Design of Bend.  Here we got a first hand look at the realized inspiration behind owner and award winning designer Kirk Casey’s creations.

Like kids in a candy store we oohed and aahed over Kirk’s amazing selection of exotic and sustainable woods- the gorgeously red and aptly named Bloodwood, the intricate patterned grain of Lacewood, the beautiful and whimsical Bubinga with its warm tones complimented by purple and black grain.  Add in Terrasteel’s extensive offering of metals, tempered and fused glass, rice paper, stone, and of course steel (which I might add can be powder-coated with over 2000 color options) and you are left with a truly overwhelming and exciting array of choices.  These options, ranging in look from traditional to contemporary, inspired our creativity as we pictured how to incorporate Kirk’s custom designs into our upcoming homes.

Perhaps the most fun of the visit was finding a kindred spirit in the work of creating the perfect union of design and performance.  Kirk’s pieces are truly art – art with a job – art that functions perfectly.  We at Dream Home see our homes and our collaborations with clients as art – art that functions perfectly.  This is a place where passion for design pairs perfectly with sustainable and environmentally responsible materials – a place where form, design, and execution are integrated seamlessly – sacrificing nothing in the union.

In Kirk’s words:

“We love the energy and excitement through the entire design and build process which is only surpassed by the awe in our clients’ faces when they realize that they were the spark behind their own creation”.

We couldn’t have said it better.  The thrill of seeing a client’s vision come to life before their eyes – the immense satisfaction of hearing how a piece, or home, has met and exceeded client expectations – this is the stuff we live for.

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