This chair is elegantly clothed in a signature textile design by Carla Pyle. Inspired by nature, silk aspen leaves meander across the back and seat, recalling the shimmering grace of an aspen grove in summer.
A snippet of history on this mid-century furniture line:
There are certain furniture collections that are sought after by collectors long after they are available at retail. One of those is Drexel Heritage’s Precedent by Edward Wormley.
Wormley’s signature style embodied the essence of modern design combined with tradition. During a time of growing modernism, Wormley was able to interpret the modern into a style that became uniquely predominant throughout the forties, fifties, and sixties. No one else during this time was able to create such a fresh and modern outlook, while preserving cherished elements from the past.
In 1947, Wormley brought his creative talents to Drexel Heritage to create Precedent. The collection was called Precedent because “it promised to set so many bright new standards in contemporary living.” It featured superb joinery and beautiful woods such as bleached mahogany, silver elm and beechwood. Wormley created 100 pieces for Precedent, priding the collection with convenience, style, fine craftsmanship, and a great value for every home.
Wormley believed that modernism meant freedom—”freedom to mix, to choose, to change, to embrace the new but to hold fast to what is good.” Wormley’s pieces became necessities for a conservative, up-scale and comfort-seeking customer who loved the versatility his designs offered. His work was featured in the Good Design show at the Museum of Modern Art during 1951 and 1952. Today, his work can be seen in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal and inside the homes of many avid antique collectors.
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