Wood Studio is a family operation. Randy Cochran and his sons Keith and Dylan craft handmade American furniture in their workshop in Arley, Alabama. This is truly real people, making real furniture.
The Lookout Mountain Rocker has been in production for over 30 years. Although strongly craftsman in design, I think this piece would complement a mid-century modern room and easily play off of more industrial elements or even look great juxtaposed with Danish or classic furniture as well.
The chair comes in a variety woods including walnut, cherry, maple, red and white oak, and ash. Leathers are typically dark brown and saddle tan. However, when you pay $3950 for a rocking chair custom requests are entertained.
This is very serious heirloom furniture.
The Skram V4 is a little spindly for my tastes but it does capture that mid-century aesthetic that like – and it does it with its own vocabulary. It have a little Arts and Crafts in it as well, perhaps Greene and Greene or even Wright. The chair is made in America that Skram Furniture Company in Piedmont, North Carolina and comes in a number of wood and fabric choices. I will put the rocker version up in the future as well. After all, this has turned into a chair blog and there are just not that many independent furniture makers turning out mid-century and modern pieces that are worth my time writing about. Price starts at $4732 here. A little steep for me but made in America isn’t cheap.
Based in Los Angeles, Thrive is a designer and manufacturer of mid-century style furniture and accessories. Although inspired by the classics, the interpretation is clearly modern as are the manufacturing methods. All Thrive furniture is designed and built in LA which is the perfect icing on the cake for these beautiful pieces. I have put the Eisenhower chair on my short list of Danish style chairs that I want to buy. Although I like vintage pieces from the 50′s and 60′s, the modern interpretations are really catching my eye – and no reupholstering is required. No dings and dents either – I know it’s patina – but sometimes you want to dent your own chair. The Eisenhower comes in 25 fabrics and 4 leathers, and is made of 100% solid beech with a walnut stain. My only complaint is that I would like a lighter stain – perhaps almost blond. My guess is that I could special order it. This chair is a steal at $899 (sale right now).
The hunt for a lounge chair for the living room continues. I really want a Milo Baughman chair, but I keep getting tempted by vintage Danish chairs from the 60′s. Here is a modern interpretaion of Danish Modern from Atlanta-based South of Urban. There is a lot to like here beyond the cool Jens Risom(ish) lines of the chair including the sustainable materials and the idea that this chair is designed and built by some real folks. Seems like a bargain at $850 when compared for similar chairs at DWR.