Hi and welcome to Phil Allen Art Furnishings.
In 2017, after a few years of exploring product design, I was inspired by an amazing American artist, Greg Klassen, the creator of the now often copied River Tables.
Being a bit of a rebel I’m not comfortable doing what others do but felt compelled to make something similar with my own unique stamp.
Having a nautical past and being inspired on my many trips up and down the Pacific Coast Highway in California, visions of the ocean beckoned. I asked myself the question, how can I replicate the fantastic scenery of Big Sur, with its rugged coast and turquoise to deep emerald seas, but more importantly capture the movement of the ocean in a piece of furniture?
Answer: No idea.
Solution: Experiment. With little experience in wood, composite resins or furniture design, I found a kindred spirit in another local artist called Leon. Leon knows his wood (please look at his rustic chairs) and is handy at most other practical functions. With a little insight from him, I embarked on my mission to create what are now my Coastal Tables. Envisage the wood being the land then allow your imagination to drift out to a turquoise and emerald sea.
It has been a long voyage, but in reality, it’s just the launch. I'm in the process of evolving this technique into other unique, contemporary, exciting yet rustic, functional art forms so please keep checking the website for updates.
For a little more information please visit the 'about' page.