Ray Booth’s Collection for Hick­ory Chair

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WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross a con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tect with an over 100-year-old Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­turer? A new-meets-old de­sign mar­riage of mod­ern ma­te­ri­als with clas­sic crafts­man­ship. Such is the case with Mcalpine part­ner Ray Booth’s first fur­ni­ture collection for Hick­ory Chair, which de­buted at the In­ter­na­tional Home Fur­nish­ings Mar­ket in High Point, North Carolina, in April.

The collection, which in­cludes 62 pieces for the liv­ing room, din­ing room, and bed­room, jux­ta­poses tai­lored, stream­lined upholstery with mar­ble, wood, and steel. “I have come clean about a personal ad­dic­tion to steel. I love its strength paired with the soft­ness and

rich­ness of woods and upholstery,” says Booth, who comes by his pas­sion for work­man­ship nat­u­rally. “My fa­ther was an aero­space en­gi­neer, a bona fide tin­kerer, and a hunter. I grew up see­ing how things went to­gether, how pieces and parts make a whole.”

New riffs on time-hon­ored forms is an­other sig­na­ture of Booth’s collection. Take for in­stance the Split Klis­mos bench, a coun­ter­height seat with a mod­i­fied curved back­rest on just one side, or the Tête-à-tête Chaise, with its ul­tra-slen­der arms, tufted bench cush­ion, and thin, bar stock steel feet. “These pieces bring peo­ple to­gether and en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion. They’re clas­sic forms reengi­neered for con­tem­po­rary life.” Visit hick­o­rychair.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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