Wednesday, January 21, 2009

McKinley Armchair

Made by the Phoenix Chair Company. Oak with cane seat and back. 29"w x 24"d x 34.5"h

"Probably the earliest Arts and Crafts furniture built in America was an 1894 chair made in Grand Rapids. David Kendall of the Phoenix Furniture Co. designed a simple, comfortable chair with a curved front apron, cane back and seat and wide armrests. Made of oak and stained green, it became known as the McKinley Chair after President William McKinley put one in the White House. The McKinley chair was in production for 30 years."
- Barbara Garet, from her article "100 Years of Furniture Design"


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