Studio 3333 blends art, function with cohesive intention

By Anna Oakes (

Article Published: Mar. 28, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 31, 2013
Studio 3333 blends art, function with cohesive intention

Robinson Payne’s new Studio 3333 in Boone features an eye-pleasing layout of recast contemporary furniture, abstract art, pottery and other furnishings.

Photo by Anna Oakes

A new creative studio in Boone combines recast furniture, photography, abstract art and design by founder Robinson Payne and guest artists in an integrated fashion.

Studio 3333 will open at 1311 Old U.S. 421 South in April, but locals are invited to stop in during “open house” hours from 4 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, March 30. The mission of the studio — with a name that pays homage to Boone’s elevation — is “to infuse art and thoughtful design into mountain life.”

The studio will feature recast contemporary furniture created by Payne. “It’s taking a piece of existing furniture and putting an artistic, modern twist (on) it,” he said.

Completing the space will be photography, pottery and abstract art, including works from local artists and artists Payne knows from around the country.

“This is really more of a studio, or shop, that has a gallery approach to it,” Payne said. “It will probably be about 50 percent of my stuff on the walls and 50 percent (other) artists.”

Currently, featured artists include Josh Johnston, Tommy Lee McGee and Liz Roberts of Boone, Winston Peraza of Tulsa, Okla., and Renee Vernon of Santa Barbara, Calif. The Boone area artists will be on site for this weekend’s open house.

Payne’s interior, environmental and graphic design services are also available via Studio 3333.
Payne grew up as the son of a professional football coach and went into coaching as a career himself, working in the Canadian Football League and at United States colleges. He later moved to Los Angeles, developing experience in painting, photography and graphic design.

Five years ago, Payne returned to professional football as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons, retiring a year ago and moving to Boone. “The studio is the next step,” he said.

Payne said he hopes to host a grand opening at the studio later this spring.

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