Tour of my Outdoor Room….

Come hang with me in my outdoor room. My outdoor space features the Harp hanging bed, my own design, a lounge chair and ottoman from legendary designer Richard Schultz’s Topiary collection (I met him and he’s a living doll), and two vintage outdoor chairs from the Howell Company, the first American company to hire a Bauhaus trained designer in the 1930′s. The Howell 526 high-back spring steel chair circa 1934 is “cantilevered” and features a perforated steel cane-patterned seat and seat back. The Howell sling chair is from the 1940′s and was extremely popular on glamorous Hollywood estates of that era.

The American Glider

Here’s my outdoor seating area with vintage outdoor furniture from the 1930′s and a table which was designed by Maya Lin, the artist that designed the American Viet Nam Memorial. The furniture in this setting was all produced by the Howell Company, an American manufacturer active in the Thirties and Forties. The Howell 525 is a low-back spring steel chair with a perforated steel seat and back. These chairs are an engineering marvel. They are extremely comfortable and they’re still here after living outdoors for eighty years. The Howell 526 is the high-back version of their spring steel chair. And the upholstered glider circa 1930 is one of the first glider designs. It predates the embossed seat and back versions of the late 1940′s and early 50′s that are highly desirable collectibles today. This glider also has a back that folds down into a daybed. It’s been updated in modern fabrics, but it was first made with Victorian-styled cushions and heavy fringe hanging to the floor…