American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously said: “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.”
I’m not entirely convinced by his reasoning, but there’s no denying the importance of chairs in our interior design spaces. They happen to be one of the most functional and practical pieces – and you know this once you have spent an evening sitting in an uncomfortable chair – and yet are often, in themselves, objects of art and beauty.
(Source: Veranda, May/June 2011)
Given my love for all things inspired by French history, I have a particular love for the elegant, sophisticated chairs that characterize European furniture styles, especially those from the Louis XVI period. One of my favorites is the classic Sheraton chair, a neoclassical design that is known for its straight lines, and its delicate and light construction.
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The style was actually named after an Englishman, a cabinet maker and furniture designer called Thomas Sheraton. Although he was not the only designer producing chairs in this style during the eighteenth century, his name became synonymous with the design and he was remembered for being one of the few who shaped furniture trends during a period of innovation and experimentation. I often get asked if I only have a love for French furniture and imagine that- I love something aside from French antiques!
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I always believe that one of the marks of a classic design is its relevance to modern spaces, and I love how the Sheraton chair can still hold its own in any space-traditional or modern. It’s simple yet elegant lines are perfect for any foyer, dining room or even bedroom, and I love it equally well in an original dark wood or with an artfully aged paint finish.
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Sometimes this is all it takes to make a real design statement – a classic style, shown off to perfection. Don’t you agree?