Tipis of Timeless Luxury.
When we were asked to furnish two tipis owned by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, we leapt at the opportunity. These round spaces posed a fun challenge, and anyway, who doesn’t love these iconic symbols of the American West?
Our goal for these original homes-on-the-range was rustic luxury. We started by first taking our cues from the tipis’ exterior designs, which were hand-painted by Stapleton Gallery artist Kevin Red Star. After that, we layered with a collected approach.
Each space was imagined as the ultimate in edge-of-the-wilderness refinement. For the tipi with bold red stripes, the motif is repeated in the red covered daybed, in the stripes created by stacked leather-bound books, in a small Navajo rug, and in the red-striped pillow and throw. The tipi with yellow circles on a field of blue finds its circular shapes repeated inside, with comfortable, inviting, rounded armchairs, pottery, and pillar candles, and a small round table as its central focal point. It’s a space designed to foster conversation.
In both: layered rugs, stacks of books, groupings of framed artwork, natural hides and leather, feathers, and naturally shed antlers combine in a way that conveys comfort while speaking to the life of the mind — and to nature outside the door.