Dovecote's favorite upholstery combinations mix traditional frames with modern fabrics..or visa verse--new with old--old with new. This smart fabric on these beautifully scaled, country french, Suzanne Kasler dining chairs for Hickory Chair, adds a grounding, geometric edge--perfectly balancing the feminine orientation of the room scheme.
The clear trend is the use of nail head trim, on both wood and upholstery as a sculptural variation. This cabinet is a wonderful example of the vertical direction in upholstery. Cabinets, desks and shelving, are upholstered in suede, leather, cow hide--even crocodile, with the nail head trim creating pattern and depth. The variation in texture from the "sea of brown," as seen in in the soft wash finishes on furniture all over High Point, adds a fresh focal point.
This is our favorite upholstered item from High Point. Thomas O'Brien, yet again-- Hickory Chair, shatters the cabinet barrier--it is transitional, stylish storage appropriate for almost any room. This is a work horse . As much as we relocate, this versatile piece will never be edited during transitions.
This diminutive Arts and Crafts style chair, combines a small footprint with the characteristic medieval decoration patterned through the use of nail head trim. Its charm echoes the aesthetic of its era (1880-1910). It was an industrial revolution rebellion turning to a nostalgic, romantic past. The Pre-Raphaelites credo was: truth to material, traditional craftsmanship, and economic reform. Nail head trim seems to emerge during periods of middle class prosperity. It was introduced during the regency period of Louis XIII when the Parisian fashions were toned down to accommodate the relaxed style of their first emerging middle class. It is all over town right now, so let's keep our fingers crossed!!