How do you take a classic midcentury design and give it a modern twist? US-based Schoolhouse Electric shows us how. If you are not familiar with this company, it was founded by Brian Faherty in 2003 following his discovery of a long-lost collection of cast-iron glass shade moulds in an abandoned warehouse. After carefully restoring them back into production, the hard-working team at Schoolhouse has continued to grow every year since. They're dedicated to the preservation of American manufacturing, thoughtful living and purposeful design. They're headquartered in Portland, Oregon inside an over-century-old brick factory building but also have a shop in trendy TRIBECA, New York.
From iconic lighting and furniture to analog clocks, art and domestic utility goods, they have launched a number of own brand originals but also collaborate with other talented makers, artists and craftspeople to offer an eclectic assortment of quality, one-of-a-kind goods with stories of their own.
The Jack Collection in plaid
Custom made in Los Angeles and a Schoolhouse Electric Exclusive, this typical design of a mid-century armchair with splayed hardwood legs and low-slung arms offers the comfort of subtly tufted cushion to the back and in an elegant piece in its plaid pattern and beautiful piping. With a solid wood frame and plush cushioning, this chair is an effortless and comfortable addition to any interior.
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Taking inspiration from an innate affection for pieces with a past and the belief that something worth owning now is worth owning forever, Schoolhouse Electric showcase here their focus on quality and craftsmanship. The lifestyle shots of the collection, which includes an armchair, a small double sofa and an ottoman, show you exactly how contemporary the pieces are and how they can infuse a room with mid-century style, without even trying. And can you tell I love the piping work?
All photos courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric.