Statement pieces include sleigh benches and industrial post office desks

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buying something that makes a statement in your home may be a wise use of your decorating dollars. Just please spare us the faux antlers.

Retailers are rolling out pieces that tell a story. Restoration Hardware, which a few seasons ago began selling retooled versions of unusual antiques, is back with adaptations of vintage Hungarian sleigh benches and industrial French post office desks. Design Within Reach is producing the eye-catching Pelican chair, a curvy, white-wool design by Danish architect Finn Juhl first produced in 1940. And yes, its organic form does seem to take flight.

Perhaps a more traditional statement is closer to your style. Ethan Allen's Parker chair (chair as shown $1,939; ottoman $819) vaults an early-American wing chair into the modern age by replacing its curves with straight lines and giving it a lower, deeper seat.

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