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THE NOLAN BENCH: A modern classic of exceptional new American Seating from Roman Thomas

by TracyPrincipato on Jun 18, 2018 Business 823 Views

A word on the Nolan Bench and the Decoration of Houses from our willfully witty Jane Smith!

 

Jane here – writing to tell you about our Nolan Bench, a versatile take on the artisanship of antiquity.  A masterful example of transitional fine furniture, the Nolan is ready to take its place in an entry hall, at the foot of the bed, or anywhere a moment of restrained glamour is called for.  

 

The Nolan Bench is produced at our own RTWORKROOMS as is our entire collection of artisan furniture made in NYC and is available as part of the Nolan Collection, which includes tables and consoles.  Offered in several finishes, including gold and silver leaf over gesso; polished and brushed bronze; and French antiqued and blackened steel, the Nolan Bench can be upholstered in horsehair, leather or the fabric of choice.

 

A bridge between Classical and Modernist bench-made seating, the Nolan Bench brings an epochal sense of distinction to any room…and is contemporary in the way only a timeless design can be. Contact me for more information at janesmith@romanthomas.com. To the Trade.

 

Speaking of classical lines, we’re pleased to be interviewing author, interior designer and decorative arts historian Thomas Jayne, whose new book Classical Principals for Modern Design (Monacelli, 2018), is a contemporary take on the seminal volume The Decoration of Houses (1897), which was co-authored by novelist Edith Wharton and decorator Ogden Codman Jr. and remains a touchstone for décor and design to this day, including several examples of our own exceptional new American Furniture.

 

Wharton’s own home, The Mount, still stands in Lennox, MA, where it epitomizes Wharton’s classically-inspired aesthetic and is one of the supreme examples of American architecture and interior design during the Edwardian Age.  Restored as a museum, The Mount illustrates Wharton’s belief that: “The supreme excellence is simplicity.  Moderation, fitness, relevance – these are the qualities that give permanence to the work of great architects…”  Designed by the author in 1902, the house was a private school for many years before being recently restored and stands amidst nearly 50 acres of formal gardens, lawns and forests.

 

Also preserved as a museum open to the public, Ogden Codman Jr’s ancestral manse, The Grange, stands in Lincoln, MA, adjacent to Walden Pond.  An imposing Federal style house dating in part to the 1730s, The Grange was redecorated by the young Codman in a refined 18th century revival style that prefigured his later work with Wharton and elsewhere. Left in 1969 to Historic New England by the last Codman to live in the house, Ogden’s sister Dorothy, The Grange is a time capsule of a generation’s reclamation of American history and taste. 

 

Arguing that Wharton and Codman’s dictums are as sound now as they were more than a century ago, Jayne’s book is illustrated with examples of the designer’s own hand, including a spectacular restoration of the great public rooms of Crichel House, in Dorset, England, to a series of Hudson River Valley villas and New York City apartments.  We’ll be eager to hear his take on our questions: watch this space.   

 

 

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