Would you believe this library chair attributed to Duncan Phyfe is really from late 1700 to early 1800’s? There is something so modern about it, Knoll-seque. If you remove the turned and fluted legs for square straight legs in fact the chair could easily be mistaken for something made in this decade.

Duncan Phyfe (1768-August 16, 1854) was one of 19th century America’s leading makers. Born Duncan Fife in Loch Fannich, Scotland, he immigrated to Albany, New York, at age 16 and served as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice. In 1792, he changed the spelling of his name, moved to New York City, and opened his own business in 1794, which eventually employed over a hundred workers. He became known as one of America’s leading cabinet makers by selling for relatively low prices. Although Phyfe’s work encompassed a broad range of the period’s classical styles, Empire, Sheraton, Regency, Federal and French Classical among them, he is most famous for his simple style, a reaction to the imported French designs popular at the time. Duncan Phyfe’s furniture can be seen in theWhite House Green Room.

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This isn’t the Green Room, but rather a period room found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I can not be sure if the furniture shown is in fact Duncan Phyfe, but I thought the visual of a room from a similar period would be interesting to see along with the image of the chair. Funny how it would almost feel out-of-place in this antique setting and more appropriate in a contemporary setting…  Interesting isn’t it?

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With interior design trends still leaning toward rustic modern, industrial chic suits those who are less comfortable with “rustic”. All of these tables are definitely modern but have a crisp refinement to them making them less rustic and more chic, the raw exposed metal holds the industrial edge and keeps the more traditional shapes from feeling too mainstream. I have to give props to the large round and the desk/side table behind it for so perfectly balancing chic beautiful lines and the hip material.

I love the ying-yang of this table compared to the tables above. Not quite the anthesis of each other but opposites when it comes to metal tables. This occasional table is industrial but with a slick mid-century vibe and a pristine white, painted finish. I think the two would mix well in the same space and the oppositeness of them is what makes them work together. I think whats missing is a strong sofa and/or chairs. Maybe orange or red upholstery, something to stand up to the visual impact of the tables… although my “go to” default white linen sofa would look pretty damn good too. Tables available through ABC Carpet and Home, sorry I forgot to check pricing, but if it’s at ABC… then you know it ain’t cheap, but they are pretty.

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Sexy, Sexy, SEXY…  this table is to die for! You just can’t believe how beautiful this table is not to mention the coordinating coffee and end tables. All three tables have the silhouette of a parsons table but they are made completely of glass. And, instead of the usual thick top and leg of a parsons table, these beauties are only as thick as the glass, they are like the ghostly cocoon of a beautiful table that has flown away… but in this case the beauty was left behind. I would love this table with just about any chair imaginable and that my friend is what makes this table such a success. You really can put this table anywhere, anywhere it fits that is… but visually it takes up no room at all.
Love this one too! The glass is twice as thick as the other table but the legs are twice as thin, if that makes sense. In person the table has a bit more presence than the parsons table because you see the edge of this glass and that creates a stronger shape. This one feels less fragile an excellent choice for a day-to-day use table. Almost any chair would work with this table too.