Sometimes I watch old movies.
Like Forever Young with Mel Gibson. Or Clueless. Or Beaches.
Actually I love Casablanca but could never quite get into the length of Gone with the Wind.
Anyway, if there is one thing I love more than the movies themselves, it’s the sets. Decorators putting the voguest of interiors on the Silver Screen. As a result I have a fondness for 1940’s English furnishings. Something about their mass-produced Art Deco qualities bringing a design sensibility to the masses and nearly allowing post-war England to revamp their style speaks to me. I believe there aren’t many styles since then that have made that kind of impression (with exception to the Mid-Century Modern looks of the 60’s and 70’s).
Which is probably why Tom Faulkner’s Havana dining chair speaks volumes. The fan back shape. The basic chamfered legs. The thick, tightly upholstered seat that screams diner chic. It’s a bit of the ye olde years brought back to life and reintroduced. I could imagine this upholstered in a psychedelic Liberty of London print flanking a very English Chippendale buffet. Or maybe go velvet and tuck it in front of a vanity. Either way, it’s shape says “take me home”.
Side Note, Tom Faulkner took home this year’s Most Stylish Product award at the 2012 House & Garden at Decorex.
Play it again Sam.
I think he just did.
Designer Tip: Great dining chairs are difficult to find. Maybe it is the massive number of tables available on the market today. I like to play with my dining rooms. A mix of vintage and modern. Think this chair around a Saarinen Tulip or maybe Blu-Dot’s X Base powder coat. Either way, Play off the fan shaped back and have a little fun.
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