All Blog Posts

Born to be Iconic

Conventional wisdom suggests that an artist is someone who makes art. It shouldn't matter whether you're an amateur or a professional, whether you've received formal training or are self-taught, whether you make work to exhibit or just for yourself. If you make art you're an artist. It was Joseph Beuys who said "everything is art" and "everyone is an artist". We're not sure if we completely agree with Beuys, but the lines of what is art and what isn't are so blurred [...]

Iconic Form, The Obelisk

Years ago when J. Kent Martin and Nathan Taylor decided to incorporate a high-end home store and design firm into their family of successful companies, a name was needed for the new venture. After a lot of thought, Obelisk Home was decided on. But why Obelisk? Where did that come from? One of the most ancient forms of architecture is the obelisk. Technically defined as a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. They have [...]

J and Nathans Icons

The word "icon" sometimes seems a bit overused and misplaced. Someone recently gave the example of Kim Kardashian being called an icon. Before we go any further, in no way are we trying to use her as a negative example, and their are lots of people who would dissagree, but calling Kim Kardashian an icon is a huge overstatement. Obviously, we must have respect for someone who has been able to market and brand themselves so successfully, but lets not [...]

12 Iconic Buildings From Around the World

We all lead busy lives, whether you're a teacher, art director, doctor, or business manager, every person needs some downtime. There's no better way to be relaxed and inspired than flying off to somewhere you've never been before. When we find ourselves in far away places, we're attracted to famous buildings. When you start to think about it, architectural design records specific moments in time, just as a photograph. These iconic structures have lives of their own and shape the [...]

The Essence of an Icon

What does Barbie, a coke bottle, aviator sunglasses and the Oscar statue all have in common—they are all icons with enduring, universally recognizable style and a stubborn aversion to change? (more…)

ABCs Of Iconic Design

With a name like Obelisk Home you can guess we like design icons.  So much in fact we have had the pleasure of making an Obelisk Home ABC’s of Iconic Design. (more…)

5 Signs You Need a Designer

A home should be a place that you look forward to coming to. It should be somewhere that reflects you and your family. It should not just be beautiful, but also functional. Many people are lost when it comes to turning a house into a home. Are you one of them? Here are 5 signs that you need to hire an interior designer. Your home doesn't reflect you. Anyone can move furniture around a room and throw paint colors up on [...]


When discussing the concept of icons, the language quickly becomes heavy with words like “greatest”, “smartest”, “best and most.” Whether the conversation is about cars, actors, or in this case, “Icons of Interior Design” the prerequisite maintains any candidate be universally representative of their genre—timeless, recognizable and supremely influential. (more…)

J. Kent Martin Home Tables are Here!

Launching our own furniture line created by and named after our co-founder J. Kent Martin has been an exciting process. Yesterday we received our first shipment of his creations and we're stocked up and ready to ship! This first introduction of tables, chests, and consoles feature unique sculptural elements and are constructed from high end materials. During the design process J. was inspired by classic and modern art, and this greatly influenced the look of the new pieces, unifying tradition with [...]

Nathan’s Flower Tips

Dorothy Draper said it best, "A vase of flowers or greens will bring even a dull room to life in the most delightful way. The small amount of trouble or expense involved is honestly repaid in real decorative effect." Indeed fresh flowers are the perfect accessory for any space, but they tend to evoke anxiety over cost and caring for them. Over the years I have used fresh floral on nearly every project I've had the pleasure to work [...]