Call it a revival of the highest order: When Schumacher created its Editions furniture line, the firm set out to bring back the iconoclastic approach of a bygone time. “We wanted to craft furniture with up-and-coming designers from around the globe to recreate the period around the mid-20th-century— a time when people like Charles and Ray Eames were breaking the mold with original pieces that weren’t just derivatives of old forms,” says creative director Dara Caponigro. “We were looking to curate fresh, authentic furniture that spoke to a dining experience where people want to linger.”
Danish designer Charlotte Høncke took a hygge-centric approach, warming up a steel-framed chair with a cozy fabric back to create a cocoonlike atmosphere. “You feel like you’re snuggled into a nest,” says Caponigro. Høncke also devised a table marrying Scandi practicality with inspired details like a soft, curved edge apron.
Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters, principals of the Helsinki-based firm Kaksikko, used wood to fashion pieces that combine urbanity with country house ease—a yin-yang match adaptable to many homes. Take their Mokki chair, available in a range of painted finishes, its upholstered seat and rail allow for endless customization. The duo’s reinterpretation of a farmhouse table packs subtle upgrades into a deceptively simple design where every detail counts. When Syrette Lew of Brooklyn-based Moving Mountains was tasked with crafting an upholstered piece, she went sexy. The designer conceived a curving dining chair with pieced panels that highlight its geometry while allowing for versatility in other spaces of the home. “It would work equally well in the living room,” says Caponigro. Her table design, meanwhile, crafted from two pieces of solid wood, embodies the gravity-defying proportions and poetry of sculpture.
What all the pieces have in common is a dedication to quality, ecologically sourced materials that are expertly crafted. There’s nothing remotely “mass” about them. “They’re not rolling off a factory floor somewhere,” Schumacher’s creative director notes. “Each piece will be numbered as an edition and made by hand in Italy.” Now that’s a revival worth waiting for.