Native Arkansan Ed Stone, who in his architectural work found inspiration in the grillwork of the Middle East, turned to men who knew about wagon wheels and plow handles to produce his furniture, tables and chairs and settees as spare as the living eked out in the Ozarks and as graceful as the mountains. Split oak webbing, blond wood, S curves and rectangles.
Stone, we learned from a visit last weekend to the exhibit “Ozark Modern” at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where his furniture is on display, was putting an Arkansas spin on a New York design — the Eames chair. Today, our furniture is overstuffed, like our lives.
Candy fans interested in learning more about Stone’s work can head over to the Stella Boyle Smith auditorium in the Fine Arts Center tonight at 7 p.m. to hear Stone’s son, Hicks, give a talk, “Edward Durell Stone: The Urbane Rustic.” There will be a reception in the gallery afterward.