Georgia O’Keefe: Abiquiu, NM- RJD Installation

November 20, 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe’s idea of a home is centered around the visual aesthetic of light and sense of space. Where we live reflects our interests, order (or disorder), and creations of comfort. The space we define displays an individual’s character and priorities.

If Georgia O’Keeffe taught us anything, it is this… live your own life, in everything you do and in every possible way that you can construct and create exactly what you want. Especially your surroundings. Georgia O’Keeffe had quite a lot of designer furniture, but did you know she designed her own dining room table from reclaimed plywood? Handcrafted, custom, sustainable, beautiful-yet functional pieces were important to her and her lifestyle.

Georgia O’Keefe’s self-designed plywood table at her home in Abiquiu is adjustable to accommodate small or large dinner parties. Here we’ve recreated the two planks of plywood in her adobe style house that are placed on top of one another and supported by hinged plywood planks. She would often set her table to compliment her guests’ sense of design. Her main objective was to distill her experience of the world around her to its essence and expose the raw elemental beauty. The exterior doorway we have created from the courtyard of her home, was the subject of hundreds of Georgia’s O’Keefe’s paintings. She purchased the house because of this doorway and was constantly inspired by how the light and shadow changed throughout the day. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking for herself and friends.

You can go and visit Georgia O’Keefe’s house in Abiquiu, New Mexico and schedule a tour.  All the artist’s furnishings remain in the house as she once lived among them.

Our table setting, terra cotta/fiber accessories were all procured from Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River. Portugalia Marketplace is a boutique style grocery with all the best of Iberian cuisine and accessories.


“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for,” -Georgia O’Keeffe.