Chairs & Benches


In the newly discovered Americas in the 16th century the first order of business was making chairs. The European encounter of indigenous tribes of the Americas usually included invasion, domination and assimilation which of course was an exhausting process for all concerned. So the first thing the conquistadores needed was somewhere to sit. The first chairs made in Colonial America were very basic straight legged, straight back with the simplest construction imaginable. As taste developed and time permitted the locals were pressed into the service of making furniture. European and local styles of chairs developed quite rapidly as colonization progressed. Indigenous peoples became the local furniture makers and carpenters and even if chairs were commissioned in the European styles the local artisans injected their own heritage into the form and the design of the commissioned pieces. This created a combination of european and ethnic style which resulted in alteration of scale, finishes and techniques. Hence, the advent of "Colonial Style" becomes its own thing and developed from the 16th to the early 19th centuries. The style becomes more and more sophisticated as time wore on and continues in a melange of styles from the Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch colonists. There was also an Asian influence thrown in, which developed from the Acapulco to Manila to Seville Trade Route which flourished from 1585 to 1820.

Benches are Elegant seating in the parlor or just hanging out on the portal, benches are a great solution to minto contemporary decor.