Gorgeous custom counter chairs
now grace the kitchen island at our Salt Marsh project.
Salt Marsh gave me the opportunity to collaborate
with furniture maker Richard Wrightman, whose work I have long admired.
We commissioned counter chairs that complement the kitchen proportions perfectly,
while adding fitting style to the space.
Wrightman's campaign-inspired furniture mixes "history with invention".
It embodies a profound respect for traditional craftsmanship, the finest materials,
and an adventurous spirit for evolving furniture forms at function's behest...
qualities I strive for every day in my own design work.
Our collaboration began with an idea.
My kitchen design plan took many cues from sailboat building traditions --
from the mast-like island pendants and map-reading sconces,
to the countertops made from teak + holly boat decking.
What better grace note than counter chairs that might easily be found on a yacht in the south of France.
As so, we moved from initial concept...
to palette selections for the leathers and wood...
to workshop drawings...
to production prototype...
to the finished design.
The oiled walnut complements the teak + holly countertops beautifully.
The white leather, attached by dark leather bridle straps, is soft and buttery... so comfortable for relaxing at the counter, sipping a cool beverage while chatting with the cook.
The entire process has been an absolute pleasure, and the end result has made our clients very happy.
A big thank you to our clients for approving this plan, the team here at Lisa Tharp Design for making it all happen,
and to Richard Wrightman and company for their fine artistry.
Portrait photography by William Geddes. Project photography by Fia Tharp
First, a big thank you to the folks at Bradshaw Kirchofer for their recent feature of my work. I am huge fan of theirs, which is handcrafting beautifully classic furnishings in their Los Angeles workshop. Bradshaw Kirchofer is a family business with British roots, inspired by a prior generation who instilled a love of pine antiques typically found in English farmhouses. Their reproductions are faithful...
Bradshaw Kirchofer's style is timeless, and their finishes are top quality -- with a hand-rubbed, waxed look that suggests the patina of heirlooms handed down through generations. The children's line is inspired by the family's three sons, Harry, Jack and William. They have even recently added upholstery to their collection.
I have always loved the strong textural statement of their Ralph table. I finally found the perfect use for a pair, which now flank a canopy bed I designed for my Salt Marsh clients. Large glass demijohn lamps will balance the bold statement these tables make. Sneak peek of in-progress project here.
Photography courtesy of Bradshaw Kirchofer.
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