Winterthur classic chair inspires award-winning Lane Venture design
September 21, 2017 | 3:49 pm UTC

WINTERTHUR, Del. -- An 1819 classical-revival klismos armchair inspired the winning chaise lounge of the 2017 International Casual Furnishings Association competition.

The original armchair was in the collection of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. The Winterthur Estate daybed, credited to John Black for Winterthur, is from Lane Venture, which has had a long partnership for the Winterthur Estate Collection. It also has a canopy.

The chair, part of Winterthur’s collection of early American furnishings, is in seventh floor Montmorenci Hall. It is likely the only survivor of 48 made by Thomas Constantine of New York for the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol. Constantine based the design on an illustration in Thomas Hope’s 1807 Household Furniture and Interior Decoration. Hope was an English collector and art patron whose travels to Greece and Egypt influenced the classical motifs in his designs.

The chaise lounge is part of Lane Venture’s Winterthur Estate Collection for the 2018 season, billed as satisfying consumer desire for cleaner and simpler lines.

Each piece has been created with iconic references from the Winterthur estate, grounds, and library. Forms include graceful X motifs on seat backs, laser-cut stylized urns on the arm posts, hand-pierced galleries, and motifs taken from architectural details of doors, gates, windows, trellises, and iron fences. The finishes have been translated from the rich patina of the actual metal references at Winterthur, resulting in a black textural powder-coated finish. Tables are topped with a faux travertine finish to provide the beauty of natural stone but with the ease that consumers want today. The seating, including a sofa, love seat, chairs, swivels, ottomans, a chaise, and a curved sectional, features Lane’s Weather Master cushions in luxurious fashion-forward color palettes.

For more information on Lane Venture's Winterthur Estate Collection and the chair, see

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