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Friends, It’s been a year full of exciting changes for us at Black Bamboo, as well as for the Kansas City art scene. In late March we moved around the block (just a minute away) to a bigger and brighter space. If you have not already visited our new location at 114 Southwest Blvd, we invite you to stop by and see us. Not only have we grown in size, we have also expanded our product offerings to give you more reasons to make us your favorite home design store in KC: • • • • • •

Kansas City’s authorized retailer for Herman Miller and Knoll modern classics Select designs from American Leather furniture Wallpapers from Weitzner , Ltd. Textile studio showcasing Knoll, Knoll Luxe, Pollack and more Full service interior design studio And, of course, Asian antiques, with a new shipment arriving in late November

It has also been a year of change for the Kansas City arts community and I feel fortunate and proud to live in a city that is nationally recognized for supporting the arts. The Kansas City Ballet opened a new facility, the Kansas City Art Institute welcomed a new director, and the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened to rave reviews! These are just a few examples of the energy abounding in our local arts community, and yes, the arts are alive and well in KC. Just ask Frommer’s Travel Guides—Kansas City was recently listed as one of their “2012 Top 10 Destinations in the World,” citing our arts scene and cultural attractions.

During this season of giving, please remember to think art and give gifts made by artisans and also support the arts in your community! Wishing you and yours a hea r t felt holiday season…

FRONT COVER: “Bowtie Wreath” by local sculptor and retired engineer, Jerry Foulds. His use of industrial materials and finishes brings a modern interpretation to everything he crafts. Wreath is made of hand-ground aluminum bowtie shapes and is 21” in diameter and lightweight for hanging $199

Tim Butt, proprietor and interior designer

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In celebration of our arts community, especially the opening of the Kauffman Center in the Crossroads Arts District (our own neighborhood), this year’s holiday catalog focuses on art and design. Throughout this catalog you will find handmade, well designed products along with profiles on the artists who make them. Besides the artists that make objects for our store we wanted to also profile some of the artists in KC that are making a name nationally, so we asked a group of curators and directors from KC’s art institutions and art organizations to submit their recommendations. The good news is that the talent in Kansas City is so extensive that it was difficult to narrow down the list. The bad news is that we couldn’t possibly profile all our hometown stars.





THIS PAGE: rock soap $12 each; handmade and hand-glazed small porcelain dishes by Dana Brandewein Oates $25 each

cloud vase in hand-blown glass $30

birch wine cylinder $15; fine wines $45; 1001 wines you must taste before you die $36.95

wool felt coasters by Graf & Lantz in charcoal, ash brown, loden green, grey, heathered white, pistachio and orange $19 set of 4

square tree ceramic vase in white $19

Dana Brandewein Oates

When New York City executive Dana Brandewein Oates left her 20-year career in the music industry, she headed for the tranquil wetlands of rural Connecticut to design a collection of distinct housewares that offered a touch of everyday luxury. Dana employs texture, natural materials and hues in a collection of handmade porcelain pottery that is produced in small kiln batches. Delicate soap dishes, among other pieces, are hand-pressed with organic objects collected daily by Dana, each piece reflecting the artist’s inspiration and commitment to sustainability. Bowls, plates and platters are glazed with a food-safe glaze and may vary slightly in color and shape.

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“sputnick” glass vase, $19


wisdom books on life, love, peace or ideas, $16.95 each

carved bone votives in three designs, $15 each

grand wishbone for BIG wishes, $44 (silver), $49 (gold)

stacking flower vase in hand-blown glass, $35 each

“shag” blown glass votive in green, cream & rust (not shown), $20 each

Artist Peregrine Honig began drawing as a child and she has rarely stopped. Born in San Francisco and raised in the culturally diverse Castro neighborhood, she was exposed to art at an early age. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute where she honed techniques inspired by the art of Sally Mann, Hans Belmer and R.Crumb. Works in sculpture, imagery and text are primarily influenced by complicated subject matters of early sexual awakenings, the visual manifestation of disease and social anxieties. Her work is tender yet, ironic, delicate, and often tragic as she comments on issues of beauty, fashion and social conditions. Honig’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Yale University Art Gallery; The Chicago Art Institute, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others. Most notably, she is the youngest living artist to have her work in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe and Geschiedle Gallery in Chicago and curates art at Fahrenheit Gallery. Honig also recently collaborated with Landfall Press to produce a one-time limited edition magazine, Widow, which explores the relationship between fashion and art. She is represented by Larissa Goldston Gallery in New York City and Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City. Learn more at LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr. Piggles, 2011; Lamby, 2011

BARRYANDERSON Barry Anderson has always been a creator—first a painter then a photographer and now a video artist. He received a BFA from the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas and a MFA from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University. His interest lies in creating “motion pictures”, which relates more to painting and collage rather than that of video and cinema. This is heightened by the use of motifs commonly related to trance and psychadelia such as hyper color, limitless space, and looping rhythm. Here, these motifs are not intended to create a state of euphoria or release from reality, but rather to focus intently on the present moment. They are also used to further question typical expectations of the video medium both in popular culture (news, entertainment, etc) and in the contemporary art world (conceptual performance, experimental narrative, etc). Anderson has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recently, he was in group shows in Dubai, Expo 2010 Shanghai and in England and solo shows in Los Angeles and Kansas City. He is in the permanent collections of numerous corporations and at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Anderson is represented by Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas and Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City. See more of Barry’s work at TOP TO BOTTOM: Totem (2), 2011; Junk Yard, 2011

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READY TO THIS PAGE: “snake” paper necklace in gold by Ana Hagopian $295


Ana Hagopian

“I play with paper,” says designer Ana Hagopian. It’s all about exploration, intuition and primal touch for this artist who magically transforms a seemingly mundane medium into stunning wearable art. Trained in fine art and interior design in Buenos Aires, Ana now calls Spain home where she handcrafts her own paper and paper jewelry designs. Inspired by travel and the many wonders of nature, the results are organic, graceful and whimsical.

AT LEFT & RIGHT: “dot” paper necklaces in black, gold, silver, pearl and red $35 each

“kaos” bracelet made of tagua in black, natural or orange $45 black and silver dipped tagua necklace $120

3 strand tagua necklace in natural and gold dipped $100

black and silver dipped tagua bracelet $75

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WHAT IS TAGUA? Tagua is considered the new ECO “ivory” because of its strength, color, beauty and resilient qualities. Tagua seeds come from the Tagua Palm tree found in the tropical regions between Ecuador and Columbia. It is a natural, biodegradable, sustainable and renewable resource that is acquired through Fair Trade practices in strictly controlled government environments to support sustainability.




cutout cuff in brass or pewter $30


“zee” oval bone bracelet $35


“x” carved halfmoon bone bracelet $35


red coral glass beads bracelet $35


square brass bangle $45 set of 3


“twist” bracelet in ebony wood $35


“zee mala” bone beads bracelet $35


grey halfmoon resin bracelet $35


red bead resin bracelet $30





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10 wooden bangle $35 11 buffalo horn bracelet $40


Lara Knutson

All eyes will be on you when you wear a Lara Knutson jewelry piece.

Industrial designer/architect turned jewelry designer, Lara believes “light should be considered a material.” Lara pushes the limits of light in her jewelry creations which are woven from reflective glass fabric often used in sportswear and fire safety apparel. Each piece is comprised of microscopic beads that magnify light 100 times. At first glance, the material appears light gray then, as natural or artificial light hits the beads, they illuminate making a profound statement especially at night. Lara designs

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and manufactures her creations from her New York City studio.


“nebula” bracelet $45

“nebula” 24” necklace $80

Multimedia artist Anne Lindberg sees herself in her works in sculpture and drawings that reference psychological and physiological systems of the human body. Here she is able to speak about the fragility and vulnerability of the human condition while exploring the expanded definition and art of drawing. She draws in paint and graphite but, also in meticulously placed wires and fine thread to create vast pieces that are “ephemeral and minimal, yet dense and manic.” While Lindberg’s work is not easily described, as it is diverse in its processes, medium and aesthetic, her obsession with observation is clear. Her work is visceral yet, delicate and forces her audience to explore its meaning on its own terms. Lindberg holds a BFA from Miami University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was Visiting Artist-in-Residence/Head of Department. She is the recipient of honors and awards including a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship and the Art Omi International Artists Residency. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the United States and Abroad and is held in museum, corporate, and private collections including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Spencer Museum of Art. Lindberg has participated recently in group exhibitions in Brazil and Norway and is currently preparing for a solo show at the Nevada Museum of Art. Lindberg is represented in Kansas City by Dolphin Gallery and Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York City. Learn more about her work at LEFT TO RIGHT: raume yellow, 2010; parallel 26 yellow, 2011

MARCIEMILLERGROSS Fiber artist Marcie Miller Gross is fascinated by spatial relationship exploration and the interplay between form, structure and material. She challenges our experience and perception of space through minimalist drawings, installations and objects made from humble and pliable materials like industrial felt, paper towels, clothing and used hospital and bath towels; textiles the artist believes have a fixed relationship to the human body. The emphasis on the repetitive process of laundering, folding, separating and stacking the materials conjuring notions of chores traditionally considered “woman’s work” and references both 1960s Minimalism and Post-Minimal sculpture. Miller Gross received a BFA in Design from the University of Kansas; completed post-graduate work in Fibers at the Kansas City Art Institute, and was granted her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received several awards and honors including the Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts. Recent works appear in site specific installations/ commissions and are included in private and corporate collections around the country. Miller Gross instructed at both the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas and she is currently an artist in residence at Studios, Inc. where she focuses on her studio practice. Learn more about Miller Gross and her work at www.marciemiller LEFT TO RIGHT: Sheared #1, 2011; Sheared #2 (detail), 2011

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THIS PAGE: stainless steel screen and leather wallets by Stewart/Stand. crossing bi-fold wallet $72 (top); gusset driving wallet $60 (bottom); variety of designs starting at $42


R&L L Goods Seattle friends and neighbors Chika Eustace and Jean Lee believe in the power of working together. The merger of ideas, favorite pastimes, current obsessions and the garage spaces below their adjoining duplexes, developed into a successful home-based business that offers unique familiar necessities “that compliment the creative and logical sides of our lives;” the right and left sides of our brains. Some of these necessities include recycled leather wallets made from a composite of

bottom: “loop” key ring, rubber & stainless steel $30; middle: “giorgio” key ring, black leather & polished stainless steel $20; top: “nero” key ring, leather & black chrome $25

scrap leather and cuttings of 100% vegetable tanned leather produced for the shoe industry.

recycled leather card case with elastic strap in mustard, denim, lime or black $27 each

skull or bone wool felt keychains by Graf & Lantz $12 each

money clip in matte nickel $20

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recycled leather ID bifold wallet $50


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hand blown glass chinese lantern $29

q-tip glass ornament (fill with anything you like) $10

porcelain origami reindeer $15

wood snowflake $5

felt snowflake $8

porcelain origami crane $15

wood “peace� $5

felt snowflake $8

TOP RIGHT metal snowflakes $8 each BOTTOM LEFT porcelain snowflake (3 designs) $12 each

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TOP LEFT floating feather ornaments $9 each (small), $22 each (large)




THIS PAGE: felt iPad holder with leather flap in orange by Graf & Lantz $59 also available in heathered grey or charcoal (not shown)

keyholder with USB drive (2 GB) in polished nickel $65

mobile phone & iPod stand in black $29


Graf & Lantz

Felt, the world’s oldest fabric, has just the sculptural quality and versatility that inspires Holger Graf & Daniel Lantz. Together the pair designs luxurious and functional goods from primarily 100% fine Merino wool felt imported from Germany. Holger, who studied engineering while growing up in Germany, brings a modern structural aesthetic to the mix while Daniel’s design ideals are a culmination of ten years of studying traditional craftsmanship in Japan. Graf & Lantz are based in Los Angeles and continue to be influenced by the union of their differing aesthetics. Felt is natural and sustainable;

felt iPhone holder in grey, orange, loden green, chocolate and pistachio $25 each

felt iPad sleeve in black, grey, chocolate, loden green, cobalt, fuschia, yellow and pistachio $40 each (also available in orange, not shown)

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extremely durable; pill–, stain– and water–resistant, and is soft to the touch.



ENTERTAINING THIS PAGE: hand-glazed ceramic bowls in marble finish by Alex Marshall $46–$185 each


Alex Ma rshall

When you serve on artful dinnerware by Alex Marshall, you serve in style. Function and beauty are deliberately married to create authentic individually handcrafted serving pieces and ceramics. At her studio in Northern California, Alex draws on her education in painting, ceramics sculpture and conceptual art by creating clean modern forms, with a slight juxtaposed asymmetry, in earthen colors and textures. Each piece bears a signature mark in its glaze and the artist’s signature. Alex Marshall Studios dinnerware is lead free, dishwasher safe and microwaveable.

charcoal stripe rectangle vases by Alex Marshall $55 & $65

charcoal “ripple” rectangle vases by Alex Marshall, square or mini-rectangle vase $45 each; long rectangle vase $99

sake cups (available in a variety of glaze colors) $12-$16 each

white low round bowls by Alex Marshall $89- $195 each

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TIP: Alex works in 20 different glaze colors so you can mix-and-match pieces!


white porcelain leaf bowls (all food safe), front to back: small leaf tray $45, small palm leaf bowl $25, long leaf tray $40

polished stainless steel wine set in a black gift box $100

polished stainless steel “wave” cheese knife set in a black gift box $69

“tomako” ceramic bowl with matte white exterior and gloss white interior $25


Edwa rd Woh l

Award-winning designer-craftsman Edward Wohl makes things of

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wood that he’d like to have himself; functional and quiet pieces that


are a pleasure to touch and admire. Edward has been creating exquisite bird’s-eye maple cutting boards for more than forty years in his Wisconsin wood shop and finds that he is happiest when he is there working with the tools of his trade. An architectural background and sculptural aesthetic are apparent in his emphasis on hand selection, structural integrity and function. Each board is cut from a single piece of carefully selected wood giving its own distinct color and grain pattern; coaxing nature to imitate art.

RIGHT: bird’s eye-maple cutting boards by Edward Wohl $35–$155 each

Artist Archie Scott Gobber is a man of few words but he definitely has something to say. Inspired by nostalgic promotion, propaganda and pinup signage of days gone by, Gobber treats text and language as objects in thought provoking paintings, sculpture and works on paper. The artist’s intent is to create work that challenges our convictions through a clever use of wit, irony and a dash of cynicism. Gobber was born in Warrensburg, Missouri and received his BA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1998, he was the youngest artist to receive the newly established Charlotte Street Award for artistic excellence. Gobber produces succinct messages in signage constructed from found and selected materials. His current subject matter encompasses world politics, global events and our perception and response to those events. His work is unique because he intentionally infuses open-ended meaning that blurs the lines between factual decree and natural introspection. His work is in numerous private, corporate and museum collections including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the St. Louis University of Art. Gobber has shown locally and nationally as a solo artist and has participated in numerous select group exhibitions. More recently, he had the distinguished honor of being one of four American artists to tour with the Chinese Biennial in Beijing, Jing Dezhen and Hong Kong. Archie is represented in Kansas City by the Dolphin Gallery and by the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas. See more about his work at TOP TO BOTTOM: Yes I’m Open, 2011; The Audacity, 2009

ROGERSHIMOMURA Roger Shimomura creates works of art that address the sociopolitical issues of ethnicity in America; images which often include racist stereotypes of Asian Americans. He was born in Seattle and as a young boy, during WWII, spent two years in an internment camp for Japanese Americans. Shimomura received a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. He has had over 125 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints and has presented his experimental theater pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace, New York City; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of more than thirty grants, four of which are National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. Shimomura has been a visiting artist and has lectured on his work at more than 200 universities, art schools, and museums across the country. Shimomura is in the permanent collections of over eighty museums nationwide including two Smithsonian Museums; the Whitney Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as corporate and private collections around the world. His personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. He is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, 8 Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, and Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City. To learn more about Shimomura and see his work, visit TOP TO BOTTOM: Halloween, 2011; Bruce and me, 2011

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THIS PAGE: silver hill tribe necklace on stand, China $395; ceramic puppet heads, mid 20th century, Thailand $195 each

yellow kitchen cabinet, mid/ late 19th century Shanxi Province, China (55.5” W x 18” D x 56” H) $2,500 black lacquer offering vessels, late 19th /early 20th century, Burma (variety of sizes) $75–$295 each wood footed bowls, mid/ late 20th century, India $75 each carved wood fish on stands, China $45-$55 each white marble buddha head on stand, China $85

garden spade on stand, mid 20th century, China $75

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THIS PAGE: black walnut oval bowl by Spencer Peterman $80


Spencer Peterman

Massachusetts wood bowl turner Spencer Peterman gets excited about the potential of decomposing fallen trees and discarded logs. He is a detective and natural innovator, always on the prowl for hidden gems and developing practical and beautiful uses for castoff material. A former Nantucket basket weaver, Spencer has been turning bowls and creating serving trays and cheeseboards for nearly fifteen years working primarily with local maple, cherry or black walnut. Each piece is hand-turned on a custom built lathe which turns out a more rugged bowl that better accentuates the natural beauty of the wood. All bowls and boards are food-safe.

palm pots (hollowed-out palm tree trunks) from Indonesia (37”–61” high) $800–$1,100 each

mango wood stool,Thailand (13” dia x 16.5” high) $295

concrete bowls by Breck Armstrong of Moss Studios $25 each

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ABOVE: square wood napkin rings in Spalted Maple or Burled Cherry $45 set of 4; sambrosia oval bowl $80


mango wood platters $45 (round) & $65 (rectangle)

teak wood “crowbar” salad servers $25 set of 2

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acacia wood cutting board with raw edge $35 “bark” stainless steel cheese knife set with hand-forged bark grain handles $69 set of 3


acacia wood dinnerware $49 set of 3

wood screen from salvaged underwater tree roots, Thailand (54” w x 12” D x 91” H) $2,200

wire “nest” bowl $24


EAMES® molded plastic armchair with wire base (10 colors) $349

SETU® task chair starting at $579

NELSON™ swag leg chair (3 colors) $499


15% OFF

NOV 23–DEC 12

EAMES® lounge & ottoman shown in white ash & white frame NEW FINISH starting at $4,499

MAGIS® Stool_One

SAYL® chair starting at $399

MAGIS® Chair_One

(3 colors) $399

is Kansas City's authorized Herman Miller retailer

(3 colors) $225

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NOGUCHI® table shown in white ash NEW FINISH starting at $1,399


red cabinet with five drawers, early 20th century, Hebei Province, China (37.5” W x 18” D x 33” H) $950


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Black Bamboo Holiday 2011  

Black Bamboo holiday 2011 gift catalog