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Introducing the Modern Farmhouse Collection, Spring 2014

My client recently purchased a fertile vineyard in Washington State with the intent of building a modern farmhouse. While we discussed the project I started to wonder what a modern farmhouse looked like and what kind of furniture might rest inside. This was the start of the Christopher Kennedy Modern Farmhouse Collection…

A designer’s greatest asset is his/her imagination, so with that said, I began to re-imagine traditional farmhouse furniture in a fresh and modern way. After much thought and numerous sketches I’ve created a handcrafted three-piece mino-collection of solid walnut chairs.

A few years ago, I inherited a rocking chair from my grandmother, who lived on a farm in North Dakota, where my mother was born. That rocker inspired my personal take of what a modern rocking chair would look like. Rocking chairs commonly take a lot of space and can date a home in an instant, but with a few adjustments and clean lines, a classic rocker can rock again!

The Hunter is probably my favorite piece in the collection because the inspiration came from memories of my parent’s neighborhood luaus and martini nights in our suburban basement. Again, I took a classic item and revived it with cleaner lines, wide metal legs for support and a stunning clear gloss finish.

In any collection you look for relation — each piece should be tied to the last in some way. The Hamilton side chair was heavily inspired by the Montgomery rocker.

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The farmhouse itself is under the artistic design & detail of Olson Kundig Architects. Lead designer Tom Kundig has decided to build the home in concrete and glass; I am having so much fun helping to create it! I opened this post with “Sometimes art comes before the inspiration.” Here’s why — the plan is set, the chairs are here and the foundation is laid. The modern farmhouse has a ways to go, but I can already see the home resting on a fertile vineyard in Washington State.

Photo credits: Christopher Kennedy

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