Their tastes are eclectic, as is the furniture they produce. Allen studied upholstery, and it is clear that chairs and ottomans are approached as geometric skeletons meant to be covered by fabric skins. Shiny vinyl cube benches display precise stitching. Armchairs have been honed down to studies in solid geometry. There are few curves in the pair's chairs, and nubby gray or brown fabric adds to their quiet presence. Comfort and clean lines are the key.
Quiet, however, doesn't describe the custom furniture they designed for Baton Rouge's new Tsunami sushi restaurant. There, spare banquette-like sofas have been wrapped in retro glitter-spattered hot red vinyl. Another piece that screams is a steel and laminate armoire; playfully suspended from towering welded metal legs, the red body of the cabinet opens with offset cut-out hand holds that from some angles look like a spooky set of space-age eyes.
In juxtaposition to Welch and Allen's modern pieces, a mahogany table they crafted with old-fashioned wood working skills nods to the Japanese-influenced California Arts and Crafts movement of the 1920s. The table may function as furniture, but in form, Welsh and Allen are creating art.
Welch Allen Furniture is on display at Grand Contemporary art gallery (222 B Jefferson St.), and at Tsunami at the Shaw Center for the Arts (100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge). For more info, contact Welch at 230-3550 or Allen at 247-3235.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank, of Lafayette, for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
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