Grab a seat! Victorian style.

Lately, I find myself looking at the feet of chairs. I am taking a class in the history of Furniture Design, which should explain it. By the end of the semester, I will even choose to design my own furnishing and build it. Theoretically, this should be simple. I spend lots of time re-surfacing pieces of furniture in my studio.

Presently, I am drawn to learn about the history of these pieces. What makes a Queen Anne a Queen Anne?

I am told it is the fanciful quality of the chairs and architecture. The romantic lines. The soft curve on the shoulders of the chair. Not to mention the slub feet, a.k.a. the flat bun foot. Here, Pottery Barn did some colorful reproductions.

Queen Anne

I enjoy the sophisticated colors! I could picture these in a traditionally styled home.

A later cabinet maker and furniture designer of the Georgian period (King George’s era) was Thomas Chippendale.  His sketches for ornate pierced back chairs are pictured here.

Chippendale sketch

Personally, I am more a fan of his Chinese influenced designs. I found this pair of Chinese Chippendale side chairs on 1st Dibs and I wish there were enough to seat around my dining room table. Yum-my!

Chinese Chippendale

The bright orange really pops and I love the simple coolness of the bamboo-style legs. Although, during this period the legs were most likely made of satin-wood or mahogany.

When searching for him, don’t forget to include the word “chairs” or you may be surprised what you will find!

You may have seen the ever popular West Elm version of these classic beauties.

WestElmChippendale

I hope you kicked back and relaxed for this brief history lesson. I will be doing a Facelift on a chair later this week.

May you be inspired to notice all the little details in the furniture you live with.

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