The Catherine Oval Back Chairs has a horizontally oriented oval back that is upholstered and framed by the top and side rails. The chair is made of Mahogany and features gracefully curved arms, a slip seat and beautiful, low profile X stretchers. The Catherine chair frame draws inspiration from French Neoclassicism. The rectangular back surroundis an oval panel that is upholstered on the inside and veneered on the outside back. Sweeping arms with raised block detailing meet square, inward tapering legs and are joined by low, X-stretchers.
“Historically classic forms continually inspire and shape my design aesthetic as they capture the familiarity of the past, with which I then, interject a modern point of view."
John Black is a furniture designer and founder of the creative design firm that bears his name, J Black Design. At heart, John is both a modernist and a classicist. Hardly a conundrum. John is known for an understated, classic approach to furniture forms that captures the essence of traditional silhouettes combined with modern touches. He is an artist and a mechanic with an unfailing, critical eye for scale and proportion.
Today John Black is both a master and a student of design. He grew up in the furniture making tradition in North Carolina and received formal training at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before establishing his own firm, John was Vice President of Design for Baker Furniture. While John travels broadly for inspiration, his everyday life is a creative force.