For husband and wife Stefan and Amy Sasick, categorizing their business as an architectural metals company is an ongoing struggle. “It’s what we do, but…” says Amy, implying that such a description doesn’t necessarily convey the gamut of their repertoire. Raw Urth Designs is a 10-person firm that creates artistic, high-end custom range hoods, kitchen shelving, countertops, fire features, backsplashes, wall paneling and the like out of their Fort Collins studio. The metalsmiths can go sleek and contemporary or detailed and rustic, depending on the job. Amy handles the design while Stefan oversees fabrication. And like great chefs mastering an assortment of ingredients, Raw Urth Designs uses recycled steel, zinc, pewter, brass,
Raw Urth Designs creates metal masterpieces like the organically shaped Berkeley fire feature, shown, formed from mild steel and part of the Sculptural series.
aluminum and copper to create its masterpieces; Stefan patinas each oeuvre to bring out the natural flaws and imperfections of the metals. “When we are asked if we can use metal to create something new in architectural design,” notes Stefan, “we like to say, ‘Hey, it’s just metal; we can make it into anything.’ ” rawurth.com; 970.484.8851
stefan & amy sasick Work approach: SS: In addition to handcrafting all of our creations, we are committed to using recycled steel, wind power and climate-wise practices. Our steel comes from American mills that recycle post-consumer waste like junker cars and washed-up appliances.
Dream collaboration: AS: Working with Dale Chihuly and his masterful blown glass or with Diane von Furstenberg and her colorful fabrics. Even teaming up with Andy Goldsworthy out in nature would be a fantastic honor.
I’m reading: AS: The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht, and The World Is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman.
Dream dinner party guests: AS: Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack Black, Annie Leibovitz, Benjamin Franklin and Coco Chanel.
Trend you’re excited by: SS: Metal wall panels are a fascinating option in building materials—floor to ceiling and wall to wall, no trim, no embellishment; just the natural beauty of the patina. luxe interiors
LUXE Colorado Issue 27