[Detail view, antique chairs from Ann Koerner.]
Last fall during an episode of Man Shops Globe, Anthropologie's buyer at large, Keith Johnson, said he always knows he has stumbled upon a piece with great lines when people with disparate tastes gravitate to it.
I think Ann Koerner's find, a set of 19th-century bentwood and cane side chairs listed as Thonet, fall in this category. The intertwined semi-circles at the back are less expected, and overall the chairs' lines are clean. With their geometric appeal, these would look equally terrific in an austere loft, a sunny breakfast room, or a multi-layerd traditional dining room. (John Robshaw curtains anyone?)
For details about the chairs, click here. To learn more about Thonet and bentwood furniture, visit the Cooper-Hewitt or click here.
Ann has such a wonderful eye and an appreciation for both the rustic and the refined. This straw bowl is also from her shop.
And by the way, Ann's New Orleans house is featured in Susan Sully's 2009 book, The Southern Cosmopolitan.