Chair as Sculpture
I was flipping through an old edition of The Style Sourcebook by Judith Miller when I spotted the gilt-decorated chinoiserie chair above. It's not a chair to curl up in. More like art -- an excuse to show off a pretty piece of exotic lacquer. But I can imagine Michael Smith using one of these in a bathroom, stacking thick white towels on the seat. The rigid nature of the piece reminds me of Baker's Tulip Chair from the Historic Charleston collection.
Baker's chair is inspired by an early 19th century painted style seen in the Aiken-Rhett House. Useful and graphic in entries, these chairs are also great for holding books. Sara Ruffin Costello used a similar one as a desk chair in the bedroom below.
Domino, November 2005, photo by Paul Costello
The chair seems to appear again, in the background under the window, in another Costello bedroom.
Above, Costello bedroom photographed by Bruce Buck for The New York Times