Gilt and White Lilly of the Valley
Orange Linen on Gilt Stand
My childhood was filled with flower gardens displayed against houses, fences, bird baths, or took up the extra garden row. There was not a lot of planning to it, but an ordered chaos sort of beauty, a design aesthetic I still appreciate. I am inspired by and interested in passionate people, other artists and creators. -Tommy Mitchell

A definite highlight from High Point was seeing the work of North Carolina-based artist Tommy Mitchell.  I had read about him on several design blogs, but as with most works of art, seeing the real thing cannot be beat. Tommy works with metal and tole to create extraordinary replicas of flora, fauna and natural objects.

The versatility of what Tommy can create is amazing. The works can stand along as miniature sculptures as seen above, or can transform a wall into a contemporary art installation. The three dimensional aspect of his work is brilliantly displayed in these acrylic shadow boxes.

Painted Tole Flowers
Ecru Linen Ground encased in Acrylic
Side detail
Orchid Detail
Lilly Detail

By changing the palette to gilt and white, the flowers take on a completely different feel.  The silhouettes of each petal and the negative space become more in focus.

Gilt and White Flowers
Ecru Linen Ground

Then by changing the background linen color, Tommy’s work metamorphoses into a completely different look.

Gilt and White Flowers
Lavender Linen Ground
Linen Samples

At this market, Tommy introduced lighting and furniture into his collection. For the hanging lights, each sculpture is encased in acrylic and then set into a metal frame.  The works look completely different based on the metal finish and the scale of the sculptures.

18” Gilded Medallion in Acrylic
White Painted Petals in Acrylic
Gilded Butterfly Cocktail Table
Ecru Linen Background on Gilt Frame
Gilded Butterfly Side Table
on Orange Linen and Gilt Frame
via artist’s website
Gilded Ginko Table
on Metal Frame
via artist’s website
Tommy Mitchell
via artist’s website

If you are interested in any additional information on any of the works seen here, please do not hesitate to contact us at the design studio.


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