Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

I have just returned from five fantastic days at the High Point, North Carolina Fall Furniture Market. High Point's Market is a highlight of my year, I go with a long shopping list for my clients and then can hardly wait to email them pictures of what I've found. Which is why this post is a little delayed ~ they come first :-). I have my "must see" show rooms, Hickory Chair is definitely one of them.

Alexa Hampton has introduced several furniture pieces to her existing collection that are a knockout! If her name sounds familiar, she is the daughter of the late Mark Hampton, an interior design icon, who also had a collection of furniture with Hickory Chair. After her father's death in 1998 she took the reigns as president of Mark Hampton, LLC.

Here is a small sampling of her Fall 2009 additions.

Grant Chair

Austin Bench

Note the optional ferrule on the feet. Which brings me to mention the many custom options that Hickory Chairs offers. They not only offer customers own hardware, which is where the customer can select from several options that they offer, but many of their upholstery pieces can be built by the inch, a program that they call M2M. Add custom finish options and door options to the list and you have a designer's dream furniture line.

Gustav Round Dining Table

Gustav Rectangular Dining Table

As you see, Alexa has designed 3 apron styles for these tables: the figured eight, reeded, cathedral grain (shown on the actual table). Plus, you have a choice of legs, the tapered one at right comes with an optional antique nickel ferrule.

Ilsa Dining Chairs

Fabulous chairs!! But the coolest part...they also come as counter and bar stools. Again, the beautiful figured eight, reeded and open back are options.

Ilsa Bar Stool

The design possibilities with this line are endless, I've only skimmed the surface of their many offerings. It's a line that I use often because of the versatility, it works with my clients that are steeped in traditional, those who prefer a more modern edge, and an increasing list who like a little bit of everything!

To see more of Alexa's collection visit Hickory Chair's website. In addition to Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair also has collaborated with Thomas O'Brien, Suzanne Kasler, Mariette Himes Gomez, and Albert Sack.

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