Friday, April 17, 2020

Happy New Year From Hickory Chair!

There is no better way to start the New Year than to say Thank You to everyone who turned to Hickory Chair for made to order wood and upholstered furniture.  You kept all of us very busy all year long making one-of-a-kind pieces.  You challenged us with custom special construction requests that helped our talented team hone their skills.  You are to thank for a brisk start to the New Year with a workroom full of requests for our nearly 600 artisans and craftsmen.  This New Year marks 105 years of making Hickory Chair heirlooms!

We thank the designers and sales associates that traveled to Hickory, North Carolina to participate in our Hickory University training program in 2015.  We have a busy year planned with events planned for March 7-9 and also in May, June, August, September and November.  This engaging experience awards .6 CEU credits as well! If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming events send us an email at  We love getting to know talented individuals during the event and following their achievements upon their return home.  We thought you would enjoy seeing some beautiful rooms from a home that Nina Nash and Don Easterling, Hickory University graduates from Mathews Furniture in Atlanta, Georgia, designed and shared with us in 2015.
Nina Nash Don Easterling


Wakefield Foyer
Featured is a pair of Avondale Chairs from the Hartwood collection.
Ansley Kitchen
A set of three Marit Counter Stools from the Atelier collection are showcased at the bar of this amazing kitchen.
Ansley Twin's BR
This beautiful bedroom features a pair of Candler Twin Beds, an East Paces Side Table, Alexandra Chair and an Anastasia Bench from the Suzanne Kasler collection.
Ansley LR
A hand-tufted Kent Made To Measure Love Seat from the centennial 1911 collection and a pair of Samuel Wing Chairs from the Winterthur Country Estate collection are featured in the living room.
Ansley Study
A pair of Jules Lounge Chairs from the Atelier collection, a Blackstone Arm Chair from the Hartwood collection and a Small Auburn Ottoman from the Suzanne Kasler collection adorn the study.
We appreciate Nina and Don sharing these inspirational pictures of their client's home.  We love featuring our Hickory University alumni in our blog.  We invite you to submit your pictures to us for our social media efforts.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  We will follow you back!  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nest by Tamara: Highpoint Highlights Fall 2012 with a tour of Hickory Chair Showroom#links

Nest by Tamara: Highpoint Highlights Fall 2012 with a tour of Hickory Chair Showroom#links

Great Shots from the Hickory Chair Showroom showing the energy that continued throughout a wonderful October Market.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

La Dolce Vita: Fabulous Room Friday 06.04.10

Our friend, Paloma Contreras, selected Suzanne Kasler to feature on her Fabulous Room Friday series this week! We had the pleasure of meeting Paloma last year at the International Home Furnishings Market. Since then she has honored Hickory Chair and the talented designers, like Suzanne Kasler, we have the pleasure of working with to bring distinctive pieces to the market place.

Paloma's Fabulous Room Friday 06.04.10 does a beautiful job showcasing Suzanne's distinctive look. We hope that this showcase will be a great tease as we at Hickory Chair are introducing Suzanne's second collection at the fall market! Stay tuned for more information...

Monday, November 23, 2009

We Have Moved...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

What is the 1930's chair?

I must say that mentioning a chair that we had made continuously since before 1930 sparked some interest! This is the cover of the oldest Hickory Chair catalog. It is ledger size made with loose pages and brass brads. It is all black and white with a duotone cover, but even so, you can see the meticulous carving and beautiful crotch mahogany veneers on the wood pieces. You can see the clarity of the finishes and crisp tailoring of the pieces. This foundation has proven to be very solid in the almost 80 years since this catalog was published!

The 2418-00 Occasional Chair is the piece with the greatest longevity in our line. Made continuously since before 1930 it has endured the test of time. A part of the James River Collection today, it actually predated the collection and was made a part of it in the 1940's. Small scaled, it has been perfect for a bedroom chair, vanity or living room. It has beautifully carved legs and arm stumps. Meticulous hand nailed nail trim accentuates the curves of the back, arms and seat. There is not a single straight line anywhere on this chair!

Today the 2418-00 Occasional Chair is still made here in Hickory, North Carolina by talented craftsmen who carve, sand, assemble, cut the cover, sew, upholster and hand nail each chair to order. As we look forward to our 100th anniversary in 2011, it is very special to realize that we have the talent and timeless forms such as this little occasional chair that we can make to order for you.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Very Own Hickory Chair Story - Part 2

After sharing Lauren's story yesterday, I started thinking more about that 1857-55 Chippendale Wing Chair. I investigated to see how long Hickory Chair had been making this wing chair. Since November 2, 1982 this wing chair has been made to order for clients. Twenty-seven years seems like a very long time until you consider that we have been making furniture since 1911! We actually have a chair that is pictured in our 1930 catalog! As this is the oldest catalog in existence, we really do not know when we began making that chair!

I thought more about how many other ways that I have seen the 1857-55 Chippendale Wing Chair upholstered over the years. I found a few pictures that helped me realize how a timeless form may be personalized for the home it is being made for. For example, the picture of the pair of chairs at the upper left were in a nice white sateen with a red and white braided welt cord. I can see this pair of chairs in a beautiful, traditional living room.

In the next picture, shown right, is an example where the designer sent COL hair-on-hide to Hickory Chair to upholster on the chair. They chose a contrasting solid leather for the seat cushion. I can almost see the snow falling outside the big picture windows at the mountain home where this chair might be located or perhaps this chair found a home on a ranch where the family spends their weekends and holidays!

In this example, the designer asked that we make the chair with a tight seat and eliminate the loose seat cushion entirely. They chose a reproduction French flour sack type fabric and used nail head trim to punctuate the fine lines of the shapes of the chair. These chairs could have shipped anywhere!
At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide what your style is and ask for it. It is not necessary to settle for off the shelf items when you have a workroom in Hickory, North Carolina eager to make your vision a reality!