The traditional design of Old World is inspired primarily by classic European styles of antiquity. Clearly influenced by the later Renaissance period, which featured enrichment of ornament and outline, Old World reflects the elaborate details of the French and English translation of this significant architectural movement. As Roman design standards like columns and pilasters were applied to furniture, a full complement of bases, cornices and pediments emerged, transforming cabinets, dressers and other case pieces into scaled-down architectural compositions.
Launched in celebration of the company's centennial anniversary, 1911 by Hickory Chair is a poignant collection of couture designs that are deliberately retrospective - yet decidedly modern. Inspired by Hickory Chair's rich archive, and by the spirit of American craftsmanship the company has upheld throughout the twentieth century, these new upholstery and wood products pay tribute to the quintessential styles, classic genres and striking forms handcrafted by the company's talented artisans during its first hundred years. Edited and envisioned by Hickory Chair's own design team, and brought to life by the craftspeople in the company's Hickory, North Carolina, workroom, the 1911 Collection is a true continuum of style and heritage - translating the continental influences and uncommon craftsmanship of the last century for new audiences and a new century.