Friday, March 29, 2013

A Chair Is A Very Difficult Object

Array of Windsor Chairs by Pierre Wallace and William Clinger

"A chair is a very difficult object.  A skyscraper is almost easier.  That is why Chippendale is famous" ~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I have to say, I have a thing for chairs.  You might notice that you might collect more of one thing than another and well, 3 and its a collection.  So turns out I have a chair collection, albeit in miniature. Seems like I come upon an wonderful chair and I have to have it. Even if I don't need it.

Here is a very nice range of artisan crafted 1:12 scale chairsEnjoy looking !!

"A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless". ~ May Sarton 

Fanciful Wingback by Robert Bernhard

Gothic Throne by Michael Mortimer
Horn Chair by Susanne Russo

Victorian Horn Chair by David Ward

Leather Wing Chair by Joan Ince

17th C Spindle Back Armchair by Pierre Wallace

Gothic Chair by Betty Valentine

Comfy Velvet Chair by Barbara Logan

I'd rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.  I think Thoreau said that.  If you have a nice cozy chair you can get in it and be by yourself, read or wonder or just be. Or pretend you're sitting in the perfect chair in your perfect doll house. 

What does your perfect chair look like in miniature or otherwise?  Please comment below.

"Every chair should be a throne and hold a king" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Both beautiful and interesting variety of chairs. I couldn't begin to pick my favorite. I just know if they were all in a room I would head straight for the velvet one. It looks like silk velvet too. YUM!

    I have been making wing chairs. Linda Master is now carving the legs. I offered them for sale with anyone's choice of fabrics. Not much luck with that yet. :-)

  2. Hi Catherine. I know your chairs! Linda has shared them. Excellent work. Love your blog, BTW.
    Good luck with the chairs.

  3. I love your chair collection. I also have a purple Robert Bernhard chair, a twin to yours! It is one of my favorites, because it is purple, but also because of it's wonderful form. Someday I'd like to make a Mackensie Childs inspired comfy chair, I think that would be wonderful.

    1. I was really lucky to get that Bernhard chair. It was on ebay as a Buy-It-Now. I swiped it just about as soon as it came up. I love that chair.

      Would love a Mackensie Childs chair myself. In real size!!

  4. what a lovely collection you have. Thanks for sharing the photos , I could never pick a favourite they are all so wonderful.

  5. Hi Patricia! I am a Big Fan of Bill Clinger wooden chairs and I have at least 4 in my 'collection" I have the duplicate of the middle chair in your opening photo and it is now a part of a Victorian style stone cottage that I am in the process of doing! I love Bill's chairs but I have stacks of others, in wood resin. metal, from kits and also from local craftsmen! I just can't seem to get enough and so it seems it is the same for you! Thanks for sharing this post. Question: is Barabara Logan still involved with miniatures? I was out of the loop for 12 years and I am trying to get up-dated again. I remember a green velvet sofa that she did in 1989 that was vintage looking and looked like it would go with your chair that I so admire!



    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Yes, for some reason I am drawn to chairs. Also birdcages. And animals.

      Unfortunately, Barbara retired years ago. Her work was wonderful and I am sorry now I did not collect more when she was working.