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November 30, 2018

Optimize Your Seat Count with 10-60 Chairs

Weddings and other functions tend towards needing as much seating as possible in their fine dining banquet halls. To allow as much room as possible we have developed 10-60 versions of select chair designs, which are narrower at the front of the seat than their original design. The 10-60 name comes from their new ability to seat 10 people around a 60" round table with each chair tucked under the table cloth, maximizing the hosting capacity of high-use spaces. 

For further convenience we have already crafted 10-60 versions of some very popular designs. Pictured here is a comparison between the Bohemian chair (right) and its sister 10-60 version (left). The Bohemian 10-60 maintains the comfort and opulence of its predecessor with a seating design fit for industry leaders. Other versions in our current line include 10-60 versions of the Claremont, the Empire, and the University Club, all of which have found homes in clubs like Meridian Hills and the University Club of San Francisco. All four designs can be stacked 6-8 high for storage or moving ease, as stackable wood chairs remains our poignant calling card. 

Thanks to our commitment to custom manufacturing, we can make a 10-60 version of nearly any chair in our design line. With over ninety chairs in our line, we're pleased to re-engineer our seating to best fit the needs of your institution.

November 16, 2018

Sustainable Chairs for Sustainable Libraries at Paul Smith's College

In 2017 the Joan Weill Adirondack Library, which serves Paul Smith's College in upstate New York, received sixty Charleston chairs to replace their previous seating. One of the finest college libraries in the Northeast, it serves as a regional information center with 55,000 books and serials in their collection. The Library lives up to its surroundings with an earth-sheltered, passive-solar design of the library building; Paul Smith's College is well-known for its stunning campus beauty nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, and its commitment to the environment is extended to their earth-friendly architecture. In fact, much of the wood used was harvested from the College's local green-certified lands, including cherry and sugar maple species. In 2002, the year it opened its doors, the library building even won the Outstanding Use of Wood award from the Northeastern Loggers Association. We found a kinship with the Library's focus on sustainability measures, and paid extra attention to the craftsmanship of their newest chairs.

These Charleston chairs were built to replace some of their previous library chairs, which had been purchased new in 2002 but could not stand up to the daily rigors of library demands. By the time they came to us, the warranty had long expired on their other chairs and left them with roughly half of their original order breaking from the strain. It was clear they needed chairs that would both last a lifetime and fulfill their environmental objectives, which we were eager to meet. Over a year later, the Library's Charlestons are going strong where other chairs would have begun degrading. Our warranty covers twenty years for even the busiest libraries in the country, although their service life will last much longer. Plus, the Library and College can find even more happiness with our chairs being sustainably built from the lumber sourcing all the way to factory recycling measures - truly a match for the only four-year college in the Adirondack Park!

November 9, 2018

Eustis Chairs for Romanesque Rooms

At Eustis Chair we create furniture best tailored for your high-use space. Our line has a variety of models customized for certain architectural styles, and we'd like to highlight these styles as a starting point for deciding which chair is best for your institution. Historic country clubs and other social institutions have most preserved architecture done in the Romanesque tradition. Here’s a guide either for buildings built in this aesthetic or for a classic look for your dining/event spaces.
At first, Romanesque took its name from designs prevalent throughout the Roman Empire. During the Early Middle Ages it then emerged as characterized by castle fortresses. Eventually, Romanesque came to be an umbrella term for various architectural styles that have been popularized since the Late Middle Ages – others that fall under this categorization include Renaissance Revival, Baroque, and Rococo. Multiple historical buildings springing for an opulent look have invested in Romanesque features, such as large towers, lofty pillars, and detailed stonework that decorate a castle’s many passageways.
Some of the foremost examples above include our past customers. The Boston Public Library’s McKim building is named after its architect Charles Follen McKim, whose focus on building a “palace for the people” resulted in a Renaissance Revival masterpiece. The Abbey room, shown here, displays fifteen panels depicting the legend of Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail.
The College of the Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England, with its Dinand Library as one of its architectural crown jewels. Ionic columns soar to a ceiling trimmed with gold and detailed carvings, bringing to mind the palazzos of the past dedicated to philosophy and learning.
Claremont Country Club charms many of California’s residents in Oakland, especially with its grand dining room fit for royalty. Floor-to-ceiling windows mimic the open archways of historic courtyards, with opulent chandeliers and engraved pillars enhancing the gorgeous effect.
We have worked with all three to construct fitting Romanesque chairs for these premier spaces. Out of the 90+ chairs in our line, there are five that best embody the spirit of the Romanesque Revival:
The Queen Anne comes with the classic cabriole and ball-and-claw leg that characterizes its namesake. Its minimal ornamentation appears on the back rest, where the slat is delicately carved in slight, gently curving lines. Its origin as a late Baroque style is given a modern upgrade with additional comfort, elegance, and durability via our unique manufacturing.
The University Club is a Chippendale-inspired construction that is both palatial and stackable. Its woodworking adopts Renaissance-era ideals of balance and harmony in the rear rail via rolling arcs and chiseled touches. Our past clients have handpicked the University Club - or one of its arm or 10-60 iterations - to enrich their Romanesque hall ornamentation.
The Louis chair gets its styling from 18th century France, but the engineering is totally modern. Two lower rails flow seamlessly into the back legs, acting as firm - yet minimal - backing for the archetypal circular frame for the seat back. Its seat rails and legs are smoothed and custom stained to achieve an opulent finish, well-suited for exceptional establishments.
The Claremont has inspired several additions to our line as a top bestseller, with multiple clubs and institutions clamoring for its exquisite, sculpted composition. The back support is curved and braided into the shapes of leaves and diamonds, weaving its way to a seat nothing short of spectacular in its comfort and durability. It is arguably our most elegant hardwood stacking chair yet, sure to dazzle aficionados for decades to come.
The King and Prince was originally designed to enhance the elegance of a Victorian dining room, combining 19th century tradition with 21st century technology. The crest rail at the top lopes down from its finials to the gracefully carved back slat, presenting a seat that seems tailored for royalty. This chair, along with our arm chair alternative, stacks up to six high to maximize its use for deluxe institutions.
We have previously highlighted chairs best fit for Gothic Revival architecture and design. For chairs that fit other architectural styles, view our full directory of chair models or contact us for a consultation.

October 26, 2018

Lithgow Public Library Loves Their Skillman Chairs

Libraries need facilities that will serve their community for as long as possible; Lithgow Public Library in Augusta, Maine honored these values with a 2016 purchase of 80 Skillman chairs. Lithgow Public Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an established library from the turn of the century. Local merchant Llewellyn Lithgow first bequeathed over $500,000 in today's dollars to construct a public library; with a further gift from Andrew Carnegie and local fundraising, the building was brought into reality. Today it houses roughly 67,000 books and offers numerous services to the residents of Augusta and its surrounding towns.

In 2016 the Friends of Lithgow Library reached out to us to try out some of our chairs, which were to be part of the library's $11 million renovation and expansion project. They found a favorite in our Skillman chair, which hits the high points of comfort and durability. The Skillman's aesthetic also offers a beautiful foil for the library's Romanesque Renaissance elements, which include elaborate interior woodwork and stained glass windows. Its box construction configuration, partnered with our proprietary Eustis Joint, creates a chair that will be enjoyed for many generations to come. The last time we spoke with the library director she let us know that both her staff and the library patrons love their Skillmans - there's nothing better than sitting with a good book, and Lithgow Library proves it!

October 19, 2018

Over 100 Willard Chairs at Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis finished installing over 100 of our Willard chairs this week in their dining space. This private university was founded in 1853 and is one of the most exclusive educational institutions in America, accepting roughly one of every six applicants to their school. Washington U. is consistently ranked amongst the top twenty schools nationwide, further encouraged with dozens of Nobel laureates that are affiliated with them.

Washington University came to Eustis Chair as they needed hardwood chairs that could specifically stack; our stacking component would make up for the lack of space in moving furniture around for event configuration. We have worked closely with the facilities staff this year on this project, with more to come as further renovations take place across their campus. The photo at right of the finished chairs still complements their new home beautifully - despite the renovations still under way! We expect the Willard to be in use for many decades to come, especially with the guarantee of the Eustis Joint in the mix.

October 12, 2018

Concord Chairs at La Rinconada Country Club

Earlier this year we delivered over 200 of our Concord chairs to La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, California. The Club's history extends back to the Roaring Twenties, where it began as a golf course for the Bay Area elite. Its beautiful grounds host some of the best scenery the Golden State has to offer, made even more impressive with their commitments to sustainability and water preservation. 

In 2017 La Rinconada realized that renovations were in order, and a member vote swept in to approve a new order with Eustis Chair. The Concord's design lends itself handsomely to the relaxed atmosphere of the Club, with a clean cross back design (pictured) reminiscent of pastoral decoration. With a more petite stature than the average seating - measuring in at 34 inches tall - the Concord blends seamlessly into any event as a hassle-free component. It is also one of our stacking chairs, which relieves the Club's staff of arduous reconfiguration and routine cleaning. There is no downside to purchasing Eustis Chairs, as La Rinconada can surely attest!

October 5, 2018

Wood Chairs Best for Alleviating Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments people everywhere deal with - even the World Health Organization dubs it "a very common health problem worldwide". Left unchecked, it can cause problems from affecting your quality of life and work performance to causing serious mobility issues.

What's a quick solution to easing back pain? Seating that best responds to your body. A recent NPR article notes that most chairs built today are "poorly designed" for the human body, which force the spine to bend and encourage slumping instead of straight posture. It also notes that this wasn't always the case: with wood chairs being the only seating option for centuries, people throughout history enjoyed seats that were "relatively firm, flat and proportioned for the human body," or, in other words, optimized for comfort.

We like to talk about our chair durability and beautiful design, but the comfort of our seats is also a significant factor for consideration. Even one degree’s difference between the seat of a chair and its back can make a meaningful change in how much back support it offers. Our designers incorporate the best measurements and angles to encourage painless seating postures, which lead to lesser aches - and even eliminating pain altogether - while in use. Whether the chairs are intended for students hard at work or club patrons at an event, everyone benefits from a comfortable Eustis chair.

September 28, 2018

Atlanta's Dunwoody Country Club Hosts Claremont Seating for All Occasions

After installing our Claremont chairs at Dunwoody Country Club, this model is now in three of their four special events room for members, and their guests. Dunwoody Country Club is at the forefront of clubs in the Atlanta area, where it is actively involved with philanthropy works. Its offered amenities range from wellness and aquatics to youth activities for the whole family. The club began in 1965 with ideas for a golf course, which today sits on over two hundred acres of land.

In collaboration with Harris Interiors, we set out to replace Dunwoody’s previous seating, which was over fifteen years old and needed upgrading. After some consideration they selected the Claremont chair for their use, which adds a superb elegance to the overall décor and design. The Claremont has inspired several additions to our line as a top bestseller, with multiple clubs and institutions clamoring for its exquisite, sculpted composition. The back support is curved and braided into the shapes of leaves and diamonds, weaving its way to a seat nothing short of spectacular in its comfort and durability. And because it is engineered with our proprietary Eustis Joint®, the Claremont comes with a 20-year warranty. Many more generations will enjoy our chairs at Dunwoody’s beautiful events and gatherings, as the seating’s craftsmanship will last for decades.

September 14, 2018

Captain Chairs at the University of Michigan

In 2017 the University of Michigan began working with us to create a Captain chair prototype to best fit their Law Library Reading Room. This reading room is a stunning neo-Gothic space with fifty foot vaulted ceilings, oak wainscoting, and over 350,000 volumes along its walls. Its stained-glass windows is one of its most unique attributes, which depicts the seals of notable colleges and universities worldwide. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its grandeur on Ann Arbor's campus.

After putting on the finishing touches to the Captain design, we delivered the final shipment of Michigan's 350 reading room chairs earlier this week. We began with the Captain chair in our own line as a guide and engineered it to become a close reproduction of UMichigan's existing seating. A handful of the chairs in our line are antique reproductions, and we continue to be willing to reproduce other designs that are no longer made, or that have never been made for institutional use. Our team ensured that UMichigan was pleased with the progress every step of the way, resulting in truly exceptional seating for law students and visitors. With Eustis Joints in place to set the standard, these chairs are sure to stand the test of time in a truly timeless setting. 

September 10, 2018

University of Connecticut Receives Custom Wilbur Cross Chairs

For the University of Connecticut, the seating they needed could only be found with Eustis Chair. This Friday we delivered the final installment of chairs for two 1930s reading rooms in the Wilbur Cross Building. Both rooms are undergoing renovations to fully embrace the splendor of the original architectural design. Home to many of UConn's student service offices, Wilbur Cross is recognized across the Storrs campus for its gold leaf cupola and as one of the university's most distinctive buildings.

The North and South Reading Rooms now both house the Wilbur Chair, a custom option that UConn's designers decided to take on. Eustis Chair stood out from the rest in that our wood chairs were both customizable and stackable, both a must for their unique and versatile rooms. We're happy to design new chair for our partners when they need something new to fit the needs of their institution. Roughly 270 Wilbur chairs are now ready for students as they return to campus for the school year ahead, and the UConn staff we spoke with were looking forward to many years of use. 

August 31, 2018

Federal Reserve Chairs at the Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut ordered Federal Reserve chairs for their building last year, and are still thrilled with their choice of seating. This library in the Long Island Sound area has served its community since 1904, when it was founded by the descendants of Old Greenwich's first private schoolmaster John Perrot. Its Jeffersonian-style building houses roughly 60,000 books for its patrons and guests to enjoy, along with several other offerings for residents of the surrounding area. 

We have kept in contact with Perrot Memorial regarding their hoped-for chair purchase, which came to fruition in 2017 when their Federal Reserve armchairs were delivered. An interpretation in the Bank of England style, the Federal Reserve offers back support with eight splats and high armrests that flow gracefully into the front legs and top back. This design adds to the overall impression of stylized architecture, including those with roots in Neoclassicism and Neo-Palladianism. For the building that houses Perrot Memorial Library, this fit their specifications perfectly and have reported to us that the chairs "look, and feel, terrific!" We view libraries as a cornerstone of America's academic excellence, and were honored to support another library we've gotten to know well over the years.

August 24, 2018

Greek Life at University of Texas Springs for Eustis Chairs

Now that schools are going back in session, Greek life nationwide is finalizing their preparations for the new year. This includes Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Texas, who have received several of our Merrimac chairs for their sorority house. ADPi was one of the first societies founded for women, beginning in 1851 and spreading to multiple campuses since then. The University of Texas in Austin has over seventy different fraternities and sororities on campus, culminating in a large Greek presence in the Live Music Capital of the World.

We worked with both ADPi leadership and Sparrow Interiors to create chairs that best fit what the sorority needed before the 2018-19 year. Namely, this involved chairs that were sturdy enough to outlast any college events and beautiful enough to use for formal settings. We built over seventy Merrimac chairs for the house, our model with curved lines on the back of the chair for added comfort. The Transitional design not only harkens to a particular furniture style, but also embodies its versatility for virtually any event they're needed for. Plus, the advanced technology offered by the Eustis Joint enables both stackability and an incredible 20-year warranty! ADPi is sure to have these chairs in their home through many years of excellence at UT.

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