|Paris by Bicycle|
|Paris by Bicycle|
We all know that industrialized societies worldwide have a long history of simply discarding waste products from mining and manufacturing. Planned obsolescence has become the mantra of product design. We no longer repair televisions, computers or sound systems. When they cease to function properly – or we just want the newest technology features – we simply replace them. Big box stores thrive on the whims of fashion. Clothing and accessories only have to last through their one-season lifespan. Home furnishings tend to be long on style and short on quality and durability.
|NRRI: Taconite Tailings in Northern Minnesota|
Len Frame, founder and owner of Accent Elegance, is an industrial entrepreneur with world-renowned expertise in metals reclamation and plasma heating systems, among other cutting edge waste to energy technologies. He established Phoenix Solutions Company, then known as Fluidyne Engineering Corporation, in 1952. Their plasma torches are used all over the world. In Japan, where they incinerate about 75% of their waste, they use the torches to melt the ash residue – further reducing and minimizing waste.
|Coarse Taconite Tailings|
|Paris by Bicycle Accent Table upcycled from taconite tailings|
Pointing the Way to a Keep it Society
As Dorothy famously declared in the final scene of The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”
Accent Elegance feels fortunate to be at home in a variety of spaces – both indoors and out. We are especially enjoying the warm hospitality of our good friends at Stonepocket Unique Landscapes and Jaque Bethke’s Pure Design Environments.
Please join us this week, February 29th to March 4th, at the Stonepocket booth (#300) at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, Minneapolis Convention Center. We’ll be there with one of our handcrafted accent tables, Paris by Bicycle. Another of our versatile and stunning accent tables, Midnight Traveler, perfectly illustrates the message of our Star Tribune ad; “Where Home Meets Garden”.
Earlier our Paris by Bicycle accent table found a cozy niche at Jaque Bethke’s showroom. Imagine settling in here with a good book and an even better beverage – home at last amid the finer things in life. Pure contentment. The Impressionist is currently on display at Jaque Bethke Pure Design Environments. Stop in
and browse around – Jaque Bethke’s
showroom holds a wealth of inspiration.
We believe our newest piece—Blue Heron Dance—the stunning water feature shown below, will find a perfect home, too. It was masterfully created by the artists of Accent Elegance in partnership with David Kopfmann, of Yardscapes, Inc.
As a landscape enhancement or a home embellishment – our water feature has the potential to soothe all cares away, and transport spirits to a land of Oz-like enchantment.
|Ribbons of green auroras are reflected in Northern Light Lake, north of Grand Marais, Minnesota, September 9, 2011. National Geographic|
|Stephan Hoglund Photography, Grand Marais, Minnesota|
|Midnight Traveler Accent Table|
Happy New Year!
The promise of the new year is bright for Accent Elegance. We hosted an event to kick-off the holiday season, greet friends old and new, and celebrate PlazmaStone™.
|Full Sail and Reflective Ethers|
The candlelit private dining room at Café Lurcat, the culinary artistry of Chef Adam King, and the jazz reditions of the Wilbur Cole and Friends band created a welcoming and festive atmosphere—the perfect compliment for the many moods and nuances of our surfaces, accent tables and centerpieces.
We enjoyed seeing friends from Amsum & Ash, Brenda Beam, Bruce Kading Interior Design, Christine Nelson Design, iGreen Designs, Ivy Gracie, Jaque Bethke Design, KMR Design Group, Lola Watson Interior Design, Lucero Studio, Martha O’Hara Interiors, Midwest Home, Minnesota Monthly, Shecole Design, Spaces Magazine, Star Tribune, Water Design Group, Yardscapes, Inc..
|Stephanie Hart (Spaces Magazine), Kris Radford (KMR Design Group), Susan (KMR Design Group)|
|Megan Dent and Lola Watson (Lola Watson Interiors)|
On the website we use eloquent words and the extraordinary photographic artistry of Stephen Voegeli to convey the beauty and essence of our art pieces. These communication mediums are invaluable, of course, but the artisans of Accent Elegance know that their work must also stand on its own. When people actually see the glass-like opalescence and touch the textured swirls, they can easily find the inspirations and invocations that resonant with their personal experiences of the world.
|Photo: Stephen Voegeli|
That’s why we are excited to introduce and showcase our accent tables at Art Resources Gallery in Edina’s Galleria.
|Ellington’s Suite: Photo by Stephen Voegeli|
The two newest accent tables by Accent Elegance certainly fulfill this artistic vision.
A musical piece, Ellington’s Suite dances with reflective light and graceful lines. Flowing edges seem to move with the melody, creating a playful yet evocative mood. This expressive accent table reflects moonlight, or candlelight, while you dance the night away. The handcrafted steel base is also full of movement and swing, complimenting the tabletop perfectly.
|Medusa: Photo by Stephen Voegeli|
|Medusa close up: Photo by Stephen Voegeli|
|Art Resources Gallery, Galleria: Photo by Stephen Voegeli|
To explore possibilities for ordering tables and/or table tops customized for specific tastes and spaces please contact Stephany Eaton at Accent Elegance, 612-386-5154.
Kim Palmer’s article, “Home Décor that’s mined in Minnesota” was a featured story on the front page of the Star Tribune’s Variety Section, November 9, 2011. It celebrates the eco-friendly aspect of Accent Elegance’s story and pieces.