We enjoy advising our clients on work space planning, appliance selections and lighting plans, but we’re always thinking about where everyone will sit and enjoy the food once it’s prepared. Where will the homework be done, newspapers read, iPads be strewn? In this Tribeca apartment, we focused on a combination of table and chairs that fit perfectly together but are not predictable, and a cozy bench/banquette to lean back on at the end of the day, or to sit at while sipping a hot mug of coffee on a Saturday morning.
On another project, while creating the schematic design for a kitchen/dining room in a Brooklyn brownstone this month, we studied and later proposed two combinations for lighting, tables, and chairs to help the client visualize the type of lighting required to make the space feel warm and inviting.
Lighting Scheme 1
Since this is a house built in the mid 1800’s, we like the idea of a traditional chandelier form, in a modern iteration-over the table, balanced by a pair of more modern glass globes over the island.
Antique English dining chairs with a beautiful aged patina, pair so well with a modern oval metal dining table. We like the roundness of the chair backs with the oval shaped table. We’d probably reupholster the seat cushions in something colorful and fun.
This metal dining table (below left) is so unexpected. We think it’ll be fabulous living in such close proximity to the calacatta marble countertops on the island in the kitchen.
Alternatively, we could also imagine a distressed wood dining table with traditional Windsor chairs, either vintage or painted reproductions.
Lighting Scheme 2
In this scenario it’s the lighting, made in California with a Mediterranean feel, that throws things off a bit and makes it interesting.
Vintage Windsor Chairs in good condition, in numbers more than six, are really hard to come by.
There are also a number of manufacturers on the East Coast still making reproduction Windsor Chairs based upon the original patterns. The distressed, painted ones add contrast.
Do you have a favorite of these two options?