(PRWEB) June 20, 2005
A gracious coffee table created by eco-conscious furniture artist Matt Steckley will be part of the new suite designed by Kevin Richardson, of the Backstreet Boys, at KimptonÂs Hotel Monaco in New Orleans, La. Richardson selected the Steckley coffee table for its use of salvaged specimen woods and elegant style. The Richardson Suite is part of Kimpton HotelÂs Eco and Sustainability Program being led by environmental lifestyle consultant and bestselling author Danny Seo.
ÂMatt SteckleyÂs environmental approach and the striking beauty of his work is in harmony with the design goals Kevin Richardson has for this special suite,Â stated eco-stylist Danny Seo who is the environmental consultant for Kimpton Hotel GroupÂs 39 hotels nationwide.
Steckley, who is based in Miami, Florida, only uses wood salvaged from urban development and natural disasters. ÂEach piece has a story,Â says Steckley, ÂThey are made from trees that were struck by lightening, uprooted by hurricanes or cleared for development or expansion. By creating furniture out of these magnificent trees, we continue the circle of life through different applications. The common denominator is the fundamental beauty of the wood.Â
To create the coffee table for the Richardson Suite, Steckley integrated West Indian Mahogany and Lysiloma, also known as horseflesh mahogany because of its rich colors. ÂBecause Kevin is from Kentucky, I decided to use the horseflesh mahogany for its beauty, strength and because of KentuckyÂs passion for horses,Â said Steckley on his selection of materials.
The suite is inspired by Kevin RichardsonÂs home in Lexington and is part of a series of eco-rooms the Kimpton Hotel Group is opening across the country. Along with the Kevin Richardson Suite celebrity designer suites at Kimpton Hotels include Woody Harrelson, Jerry Garcia, Britney Spears, Andy Dick and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Kevin Richardson Suite at the Hotel Monaco, a 259-room hotel blocks from the French Quarter, can be booked for $259 per night and 10 percent of room revenues support the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Award winning furniture designer Matt Steckley handcrafts contemporary chairs, desks, tables and custom-ordered pieces in a Danish-modern style. Inspired by renowned woodworkers and motivated by his appreciation for the natural beauty of tropical hardwoods, Steckley pieces transcend their function and become pieces of art and conversation. With a commitment and passion to protect the environment, Steckley uses only woods that have been recovered, never harvested. To create his pieces, Matt Steckley, a native of Miami, Florida, uses specimen woods collected from urban development, salvaged from retired ships, and fallen trees due to storms. After recovery, the wood is dried in a solar kiln. Visually dramatic and soothing to the touch, Steckley pieces are built using classic joinery ensuring strength, durability and elegance.
For more information, visit http://www.steckley.com.