Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Morris Chair

The Morris Chair - so famous it is celebrated in Irving Berlin's song You'd be Surprised:

"At a party or at a ball,
I've got to admit,
He's nothing at all,
But in a Morris Chair,
You'd be surprised."

The original idea for a recliner was that of English architect and designer, William Morris. Gustav Stickley improved on the design with the bowed arm and exposed joinery. He was also recognized for his superb craftsmanship. As with all Stickley, these chairs are keenly collected today and originals will fetch several thousands of dollars.