Swooping curves are the signature of this dramatic Leather Recamier from Horchow. This sofa has eight-way, hand-tied construction on a kiln-dried hardwood frame and is covered in deep tufting with individually driven nail-head trim. Turned hardwood legs in a dark mahogany finish provide the finishing touch.
I adore the graceful sweeping lines on this Barcelona Console! The chrome and mirror finished are elegant and über feminine. Funny how the Art Deco-designed legs and shape of the matching white padded leather Barcelona stool is so iconic yet timeless.
Silhouettes are really impacting fashion and interior designs recently! Graphics and images of iconic and historical furniture and accessories are everywhere. The lovely thing about these pieces is that they usually represent ostentatious items like overly embellished chandeliers, or gilded Chairs from the Rococo Period which held the horror vacua mindset (lavish designs which left no unoccupied area). The clean lines of a silhouette give us the bare bones of a great original design. That is why they work so well in modern interiors. The Louis Ghost Armchair is a wonderful example of this. The reinventing of the classic Louis XVI chair is achieved with flare by eliminating literally everything but its shape.
My all time favorite and one of the most recognizable and classic lounge chairs is the Eames Lounge chair and Ottoman. Charles and Ray Eames combined art and science in truly enthusiastic and impacting ways, the Eames chair was created in the late 1940’s of molded plywood (a new scientific accomplishment at the time) and leather. It is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. You may recognize it from Fraiser Crane’s apartment or perhaps you have seen it in an ultra-modern chromed-out office of a high flying exec., whatever the case, this chair gives a timeless luxe statement.
A Fainting Couch wasn’t commonly referred to as such until the 19th century when ladies wore corsets so tightly that it often left them breathless to the point where one of these would be quite useful. Poor things, I can imagine them becoming faint and turning purple like the pale cool purple of this Antoinette Fainting Sofa in Aubergine. I, however, would be wearing my comfy jeans watching “Marie Antoinette” by Sophia Coppola as I lounge on this tufted cotton velvet chaise. Look for some French Revolutionary Inspirations tomorrow lovelies.