side-chair

I want to be sitting somewhere. I want to be sitting somewhere with you. Somewhere as the sun yellows down to orange, and night leaks blue then purple into the sky, like ink dribbled slowly into a glass of water. Far above, the glint of a plane draws a white contrail as vivid as school chalk across the evening canvas. We’re in Greece somewhere by the sea. It’s hot—summer.

Or maybe a late Fall day up north. Crisp, when sunsets come and go quickly so you have to pay full attention or you’ll miss them. Two Adirondack chairs side by side, forest green, or no color at all because they’ve lived out in the hard weather for years. You are telling me a story I’ve never heard before about your childhood. Your voice is quiet and intimate, but also alive and peppery with humor. Your hand is on my arm. I am grinning. I’m grinning because it is you talking and your story is good and I know soon we will rise together and have a wonderful meal where the food and talk will be equally good. Afterwards perhaps we will return to these chairs by the sea, or a forest, a desert, or by nothing important at all to listen to the night, as dense and black as the inside of a closed drawer by then.

And you will say. And I will say.

—  Jonathan Carroll
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Three questions to ask yourself before choosing your next accent chair: 

1. Are you more interested in comfort or style?
2. Is it the right size for your space?
3. Would a pattern overwhelm the room or add the right finishing touch?

Custom Camdyn Upholstered Armless Chair / Marie Armchair / Custom Habersham Upholstered Glider / Mayfair Slipcovered Chair

Sandows No. 5 Side Chair by René Herbst, 1929.

This spare, minimalist design is part of a series executed in 1928–29. The inclusion of bungee cord-like elastic bands for the seat and back, normally reserved for luggage racks and sports equipment of the period, make the chair a very early example of the application of such materials in seating design.