The Linnaea Collection is our interpretation of a period called Mid Century Modern. The basis for the collection was graceful curves with minimum structure visible. The Linnaea Dining Chair appears to almost float. In order to create this chair, we needed to buy a specific mortising machine to cut a joint in a tight space. The Linnaea Sofa is another case where the wood doesn’t define the piece, but rather enhances.
In 2006, our then marketing director Alison Burtt wanted us to create a Mid Century Modern Collection. Mark Gatterdam was tasked with the design. This was one of those rare times where a collection was developed without a strong and specific customer input. At the time, there was a large resurgence in the Mid Century Modern look, and Alison thought we could do a wonderful job introducing a line.
Cherry and Walnut are two classic Mid Century woods that compliment the style. Early Mid Century pieces from the 1940’s were usually done in Walnut. Eero Saarinen developed the Tulip Chair, which is still made today. Saarinen died young, at the age of 51, but not before becoming a pivotal influence in the furniture world and the architectural world. He designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center in New York, and Washington Dulles Airport in the DC area. Adrian Pearsall, Charlotte Perriand, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul McCobb, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof all were major influences in the creation and consideration of our collection.