Bobby began collecting them (chairs, not shirts) as a teenager. His personal tastes lean toward the small open chair or stool – the chess piece that can be arranged at will when intimate conversation is called for. Chairs are the most characterful pieces one can own and require different behaviors of people. They do, however, tend to call out to their own: the lounger seeks the enveloping arms of the club chair and the flittering, vigilant host will perch on the edge of a hard seat or stool. Beckoning rooms should offer a resting place for every personality.
When Bobby decided to create his own collection of chairs, the magpie in him took flight and collected bits and pieces from the rich lineage of classic furniture design. These influences were woven together in a distinctly modern pattern and the McAlpine Home furniture collection was born. His explorations in reimagining the common chair are evident in his upholstered pieces from Lee Industries and modern wood heirlooms from MacRae.
Rooms are the chambers in the house’s heart and so should be populated with chairs of differing temperament. It’s like composing a perfect cocktail party guest list; if all your guests were just alike, what a bore of an evening that would be….
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