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June 18, 2016
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Mid-Century Modern Makes a Comeback

The mid-century modern look is more popular than ever. You see the sleek furniture lines everywhere–from television’s ‘Mad Men’ series to Elle Décor Magazine. On ‘The Daily Show’, you will see the guests sitting on classic Knoll office chairs. If you go to a contemporary restaurant, there’s a high likelihood you’ll sit on a chair designed in the 50’s, be it Bertoia, Cherner, Eames, or Saarinen. Mid-century modern is a complex term to define. It describes furniture, architecture, and graphic designs from the mid-twentieth century. It was an era alive with everything from the industrial revolution to the world war. It was a time of great departure from the classic European style of furniture design mostly pioneered in the 1950’s. The design has remained popular since its inception and has gained more followers in the last ten years perhaps because it speaks to an entire generation. Manufacturers and retailers embrace […]
May 18, 2016

Where is the Heart of your Home?

Many people would jokingly name the kitchen since it’s often said ‘the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach.’ But where does your family really spend the most time and what do you call it? Until about the late 1990’s average Americans called their most used space a family room.  You know, where the family came for entertainment, play and to just hang out.  Say family room today and most people will know what you’re talking about – even though media room and great room are also terms that have risen to prominence. It’s usually a casual space where yelling, rough-housing, music-blasting and binge-watching are allowed. Believe it or not, family rooms have only been around since 1945 or so.  After World War II, the US enjoyed a time economic prosperity.  Along came more children and thus the need for a space for family recreation.  These differed from […]
January 18, 2016

Winging It!

The wingback chair is a perennial favorite in furniture design, so we thought it would be fun to explore the history and evolution of this household mainstay. Wingbacks came to popularity in Victorian times.  They were originally called fireside chairs because when placed by the hearth they captured the warmth of the blaze while the high back and sides protected the occupant from the draftiness of a home.  Generally, wingbacks have exposed wood legs and ample padding and upholstery, but the basic lines of the chair lend themselves well to a wide variation of styles.  The wingback concept can now be seen incorporated into headboards, settees, recliners and even outdoor furniture. Don’t let four hundred years of heritage trick you into thinking only traditional rooms are suitable for a wingback to reside. There are an infinite variety of styles, colors and features offered by the quality furniture lines available at […]