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ALA 2018 Eustis Chair

June 15, 2018

2018 ALA Annual Conference Exhibition

Next week we'll be exhibiting at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans, LA! This will now be 15 years since we began presenting at the ALA Annual Conference in 2003. We have tens of thousands of our chairs in America's diverse libraries, where they will last for more than twenty years in their reading and study areas. Almost half of all of our chair designs are specifically geared to library uses, including a variety of historical styles and antique reproductions that can be customized upon request.

Come find us at booth 2659 during the Exhibition, where you can try out some of our most popular models and discuss your upcoming library design plans. Whether you're ready to buy furniture or still in the planning stages, we can lend our expertise in the world of sustainable, stacking, and comfortable hardwood chairs. Can't wait until the conference? Contact us anytime either online or by phone at 978-827-3103. See you soon in the Big Easy!

Lake Geneva Eustis Chairs

June 8, 2018

Lake Geneva Country Club Receives Almost 300 Merrimac Chairs

A few weeks ago we delivered hundreds of Merrimac chairs to the Lake Geneva Country Club in southeastern Wisconsin. The club is known as the oldest golf club in the Midwest still on its founding site, which was established at the turn of the century in 1895. It is well-known for hosting the annual Men's Golf Invitational, cited as the oldest consecutive invitational in the United States that is specifically a match-play tournament. Its namesake city is ranked as one of the best lake towns in North America, especially renowned for its notable mansions connected with Chicago elite.

This very traditional club needed new chairs for their 100-year-old clubhouse dining room, replacing former seating that was in need of upgrades. For Lake Geneva’s board members, an essential highlight of the Merrimac model was its ability to stack up to eight chairs high. With limited storage options it’s Eustis Chair to the rescue! After the installation the board let us know of the warm praises that their membership gave to the new seating, noting the superb comfort they now enjoy during the Club’s main meals and special events. The Merrimac is customized to be light and easy to handle for their facilities staff, making it all the more desirable in dining rooms and halls throughout America. We’re pleased with the impact and look forward to future installs throughout the Midwest.

Richland Country Club Eustis Chair

June 1, 2018

Council Room Arm Chairs Arrive for Richland Country Club

Nashville’s Richland Country Club has unveiled the first phase of a $20 million renovation, in which Eustis Chair figures with a delivery of seventy Council Room armchairs. Richland traces its beginning to the turn of the twentieth century, and strikes an excellent balance between tradition and modernity with their newest upgrades. From nineteenth century artifacts to commemorations of its past presidents, this club community heartily embraces its history and stands proud as a premier organization.


The operations team chose Harris Interiors to spearhead the modernization whilst maintaining its timeless ambiance. For their clubhouse – which sees multiple banquets take place every year – it was essential to find a chair with both sophistication and stackability. The Council Room armchair was the perfect answer to their needs, with spectacular comfort for their patrons and ease of transport for their hospitality staff. These new chairs came with custom staining to perfectly match the rest of the decoration, crafting an enduring atmosphere for the best that Tennessee has to offer. We’re pleased to continue our relationships with institutions throughout the Southeast, where our unmatched seating options enhance the genteel charm of its most respected institutions.

Corinthian Yacht Club chair and logo

May 24, 2018

Nautical Virginian and Jenkins Chairs for the Corinthian Yacht Club

Two models of Eustis Chair – the Virginian side chair and the Jenkins barstool – have made their way to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The Club was first organized in the nineteenth century, where it took up residence on the Marblehead Harbor just north of Boston. Its members enjoy incredible sailing and racing events each year, along with further athletic and social activities for their close-knit community.

Their members deserved elegant and comfortable seating, but such seating also needed to stack and fit around their 60 inch tables. The Virginian came into play with stackability and a seat width smaller than 17 inches - a must for 10-60 use. The Club’s operation team also chose the Jenkins barstool for the unveiling of their new Harbor Bar. We shipped hundreds of chairs last month to fill their renovated dining room, which arrived just in time for their first event of the season. Thanks to the overall design that Eustis Chair complements, CYC’s Commodore considers it the most beautiful bar on the Eastern seaboard.

Both the Virginian and the Jenkins barstool have found homes in premier clubs and dining spaces across the country, and our latest installation of both at CYC will remain for decades to come. Many thanks to the excellent designers and operations team for their collaboration on this project!

Lawrenceville School Abbott Hall with Eustis Chairs

April 27, 2018

Custom Chairs for The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey

The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey has just unveiled their redesigned Abbott Dining Hall, complete with over three hundred custom Eustis chairs. As one of the oldest private high schools in the country, Lawrenceville is also ranked amongst the most prestigious and rigorous for their longstanding traditions of excellence. We worked closely with the school and architecture firm Voith & McTavish to develop custom-made Lawrenceville chairs for the Abbott room. The administrators in charge of the project were especially passionate about honoring Lawrenceville's heritage, with multiple design elements that mirror the styles found across their 700 acre campus. 

In particular, the designers for Lawrenceville were pleased to find we could build stackable hardwood chairs for their grand project. Using some of our earlier Gothic chairs as inspiration, we created the new Lawrenceville chair model, distinct from its predecessors like the Taft and Burton Judson with its stunning motif. The back of the chair includes laser engraving on the top rail and defined slats that run downwards to the comfortable seat. The Lawrenceville chairs partner elegantly with the overall space, which the headmaster has called "a treasure for Lawrenceville" that will be an integral piece of the school's illustrious history.

Hardwood University Club Eustis Chair for Carlton Woods

April 19, 2018

University Club Chairs for the Club at Carlton Woods

We recently delivered over 150 University Club chairs to the Club at Carlton Woods in the Greater Houston area. In the twenty years since its inception, the Club is one of the most distinguished in Texas and well-known throughout the country as one of the Platinum Clubs of America. As a crown jewel of American golf clubs and courses they required only the best for their exclusive community, with the additional convenience of a chair that they can stack if needed. It's with our line that they got the best with our proprietary Eustis Joint, superior comfort, and exquisite handcrafted design.

The Club's general manager has told us how much they love to walk into the room that houses our chairs - the associates and members are just as thrilled with the purchase choice! Carlton Woods now marks our tenth major installation of the University Club chair since its introduction in 2009, with another project already in production via our US factory. Its woodworking completes the design aesthetic of palatial-like spaces, with its stackability a major perk unique to Eustis Chair. 

Eustis Chair Gothic halls

April 3, 2018

Eustis Chairs for Gothic Revival Halls

At Eustis Chair we create hardwood chairs 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. For many colleges and universities, that aesthetic lies in Neo-Gothic – or Gothic Revival – architecture, first appearing in the 19th century and continuing into today.


This style is arguably most represented on America's college campuses, with countless higher education institutions including such buildings. It's become so prominent that it has its own distinction as “Collegiate Gothic,” a subgenre of the original 1800’s movement.


Today, the design touches of neo-Gothicism are easily identifiable. Stone exteriors give way to hardwood ceilings or buttresses, with long and narrow windows letting little natural light pass through. In its place, heavy chandeliers descend from above to highlight pointed arches, rising towers, and intricate detail throughout the interior. Neo-Gothic structures impart some sense of Old World charm, and, as a standard horror setting, an airy thrill or mystery to boot.

Some of the foremost examples above include our past customers. St. Mary’s College of California is home to Oliver Hall (top), a Gothic facility originally built in 1928. Medievalesque artwork adorns the walls that surround the main floor, packed with long tables not unlike those used for candlelit banquets of the past.


The Burton-Judson Courts at the University of Chicago (center) hosts vaulted ceilings with elaborate motifs engraved in high wood panels. Its dining hall includes soaring arches that tapers to a point between the expansive windowpanes, emphasizing the open atmosphere devoid of further partitions.


At Towson University is a slightly older Gothic hall, where the Newell dining hall (bottom) was originally built at the onset of World War I. Elevated iron chandeliers glimmer above carved ornamentation gracing the room sides, with a raised platform that looks out to the regal space below.


We have worked with all three to construct fitting Gothic chairs for these premier spaces. Out of the 90+ chairs in our line, there are five that best embody the spirit of the Gothic Revival:


The Cross Campus is our premier Gothic chair. The smooth, modest finials at the top draw the eye to the rails of the chair, centered by an archway that mimics the style’s distinctive doorway curvature. The stretchers, which are the horizontal beams near the bottom of the chair, also harken back to this design style – with the Eustis Joint these stretchers are not necessary for support, but we included them to complete the overall look.


The Taft was specifically designed for a Gothic dining hall, with a bonus as one of our stackable chairs. The back is centered by a wide banister that finishes in a slight arch, with a subtle carving on the top slat for a clean, refined touch. While it can be appropriate in a number of settings, it is best at home in stony corridors rife with historical allure.


The Skillman embraces a stark, austere appearance while retaining both comfort and durability. Like all of our traditionally built chairs, the Skillman is engineered with our special “box construction” configuration, using oversized mortise and tenon joints with reinforcing dowel pins to create a chair that will endure for generations.


The Burton Judson was crafted to enhance the elegance and functionality of Gothic halls for decades to come. Like the Cross Campus, its back rails were framed to emulate the elongated windows prevalent in Gothic chambers worldwide. It deviates from our other design with the absence of chair stretchers, which makes it (and our arm chair version) able to stack up to eight chairs high.


The Bartlett Hall is one of our most popular chairs for great halls that are hundreds of years old. This chair was the inspiration for the aforementioned Skillman model, with the added advantage of being stackable. This side chair, or its sister arm chair, are excellent choices for complementing the enigmatic architectural elements found in many turn-of-the-century buildings.

For chairs that fit other architectural styles, view our full directory of chair models or contact us for a consultation.

Eustis Chair at the ACUI 2018 Annual Conference

March 13, 2018

2018 Expo at the ACUI Annual Conference

We are very excited to be exhibiting at ACUI's 2018 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA! Thousands of our chairs are in colleges and universities across the country, starting with our very first project at Harvard's Memorial Hall. Our chairs are a physical aspect of the campus community, and we’re proud to have our work become part of what supports overall growth and innovation with America’s college unions. Stop by booth 205 during the Expo to discuss your potential plans for a site renovation or design. Our sustainable, stacking, and comfortable wood chairs are truly in a class of their own - learn more about our focus on sustainability and custom work on our website at

In January 2003 we delivered 300 of our chairs for the chapel at Phillips Exeter Academy. After 15 years of community use, the Modular Pew chairs are better than ever while still under warranty.

March 9, 2018

Eustis Chairs 15 Years Later: Inside the Phillips Exeter Academy Chapel

Back in January 2003 we delivered 300 chairs to the Phillips Exeter Academy for their chapel, which was built in the 1800s and serves as the school hub for interfaith events and activities. The Exeter Modular Pew, seen in these photos and in the chapel today, is engineered with our Eustis Joint® for unmatched durability. These graceful, interlocking, stacking pew chairs have the traditional look and feel of church pews, including a hymnal slot in the back of each chair.

As elegant as they are when laid out in rows, the real beauty of these chairs is how quickly they can be disassembled, stacked, and moved to reconfigure the chapel for its various uses. This was an especially important consideration within Exeter’s multicultural setting, able to strike a balance between the original elegance of the chapel while offering a welcoming versatility for at least twelve religious traditions.

Since the original chair installation, the chapel’s pew chairs have seen more than fifteen years of community use. Countless religious gatherings, events, and other activities have taken place beneath its Gothic light fixtures and wooden arches. The Eustis Chairs here have been a part of these gatherings, being set up or stacked elsewhere if they were not needed. Today they’re looking better than ever while still under our twenty year warranty. Fifteen years go by so quickly within a setting as timeless as the Phillips Church!

Many thanks to Phillips Exeter and Cram and Ferguson for our wonderful relationship; we’re honored to have helped prepare this historical space for decades to come.

Condé Nast Traveler recently updated their list of America's 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses. Congratulations to our featured university clients!

February 15, 2018

The 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

Condé Nast Traveler recently updated their list of America's 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses. The curators of this list have judged every college campus in America on merits of its architecture, design, and surrounding natural beauty and attractions to finalize those most aesthetically pleasing. Congratulations to our college and university clients who are featured in this impressive list:

We are very proud to have worked with these clients, and many other educational institutions, in recent years to add their campus appeal and charm. Each one has received our elegant and durable dining, banquet, and grill room chairs, all of which are made in the USA.

Claremont II wood stacking dining and banquet chair by Eustis Chair with Chippendale design

January 9, 2018

Meridian Hills Country Club

Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis, Indiana hired Eustis Chair to build our Claremont II stacking dining chairs. The Club's General Manager heard about our chairs from the nearby Woodstock Club, and Harbour Trees Golf and Beach Club who have our chairs and love them. The Club was also impressed by our chair's comfort, ability to stack 8 chairs high, and our 20 year warranty. Like all of our chairs and barstools, the Claremont II is made to order with our amazing Eustis Joint® in our U.S. factory from your choice of hardwood, any commercially available fabric, vinyl, or leather seats, as arm or side chairs, and is custom stained to match your tables or millwork. Contact us today to learn more about we can help you with our exceptional chairs!
Whitman chair by Eustis Chair

December 28, 2017

Rutgers Pharmacy School

We manufactured and delivered our Whitman chair in solid Beech hardwood to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, which is the pharmacy school of Rutgers University. The well regarded school chose our chairs for their unmatched durability, sustainability, and comfort. The Whitman chair is a durable variation of our popular Charleston chair and will be used in the School's study area.