The American Campeche chair

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

May 2009 | On March 8, 1827, Joseph Coolidge (1798–1879), the husband of Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughter Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge (1796–1876), wrote to Nicholas P. Trist (1800–1874), another of Jefferson’s grandsons-in-law, regarding the distribution of the Monticello, Virginia, estate: “Ellen now desires me to say that if you can procure the Campeachy chair, with [Jefferson’s] initials, she wishes you to …

A rare Kem Weber chair shows the European side of American modernism

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

May 2008 | Nothing is more exciting to a passionate connoisseur—even a seasoned expert who has helped redefine his chosen specialty—than discovering an elusive object he’d despaired of ever finding, let alone being able to own. But when that rare opportunity presented itself last fall to the New York–based modern design aficionado John C. Waddell, he—true to form—acted fast and …

The ‘It’ Chair, a Postscript

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

If we needed more proof that the “loop” chair (featured in the January issue) is having another moment in the sun, then the cover of the March 2009 issue of Traditional Home, which features three contemporary reproductions around a dining table, certainly helped drive our point home. While we can’t quite claim credit for that, our “biography” of the eighteenth-century …

The ‘It’ chair

Editorial Staff Art

January 2009 | Fashion and the public, both fickle, love the new, so it is curious that a chair designed some 250 years ago has suddenly become the “it” accessory in many trendsetting houses. Furnishings do nothave publicists or agents, but they do have shelter magazines. If you read any of them, chances are you have seen the so-called Frances …