Ray Booth’s Collection for Hickory Chair
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.