Another component of this formulated aesthetic known as Ozark Modernism is found in physically translating the philosophies of other cultures into the work. For this project, the use of materials that transform the look of some exterior parts of the home over time is an homage to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which focuses on appreciating imperfections. For instance, part of the outdoor patio was framed using a corten steel planter. Years from now, the unblemished concrete retaining wall below the planter will be stained with rusty drips.
“Knowing that would eventually happen, we had to be careful and purposeful in the placement of things,” says Danastasio. “We wanted to test out the idea of making current design practices from around the world look at home in the Ozarks. You can still create modern, relevant design while making sure it has a sense of regionalism.”
Since Arkifex Studios completed this home in 2017, the design philosophy of Ozark Modernism has been used for several other residential and commercial builds and renovations. As clients catch on to this fresh way of designing, Danastasio is hopeful the work of Arkifex Studios will become instantly recognizable.
“We’re continuing to use it and refine what it is,” he says. “Being critical of it and critiquing it over time will only help its identity. I view it as a movement in this area.”