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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 118, No. 6 (June, 1931)

Platt, Joseph B., Director
Delineator Institute of Interiors,   pp. 18-20 PDF (1.9 MB)

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Lasting construction, comfort, color, fabrics, and
good design are the important points to buy by
.A11  pho! tered piere , courtesy oj
S. KA RPIX & BROTrA)R., Chicagoi
B YING a pig in a bag is smart shopping, com-
pared to buying overstuffed furniture that you
don't know about. At least you're sure that the
pig is alive, but you have no way of telling what
may be underneath the covering of a sofa, and you have
to take the dealer's word that it is good.
It is wise economy to spend money adequately for
constructive merit as well as for decorative qualities.
This year the incurabie bargain hunter in us all is tempt-
ed almost beyond resistance by the apparently marvelous
pieces that many of the shops are offering at ridiculously
low prices. Doubtless a few of these pieces are bargains,
but we are safe in saying that most of them are worth
just about what is asked for them. They'll last briefly
and then you may as well throw them out, because the
cost of repairing them constantly will, in no time, exceed
the price you paid for them.
Good upholstered furniture is expensive to make and
must be sold for a fair price.
Reliable dealers carry the products of good manu-
facturers whose reputations for honesty guarantee the
furniture they make. We can be sure that a sofa made
by such a manufacturer will have a solidly constructed
frame of seasoned wood, that the glueing and securing will
be done in an expert manner, that the springs will be
properly tied, that the webbing will be strong enough to
hold, that the down or hair will have resiliency and not go
imp in a few weeks.
All these things are invisible to you when
vou are buying, but they are more impor-
tant in the life of a sofa, than the color
and design of the covering-important though that is.
Having given you this friendly warning, we will now
tell you about the chairs and sofas that Delineator In-
stitute of Interiors has collected on this page.
The group at the top illustrates the new tendency
toward exposed wood frames. These pieces are specially
adapted to rooms done in the taste of the early nine-
teenth century-Directoire. Empire or Federal rooms.
They are well suited to the rather small, low-ceilinged
rooms that we often find in small houses and apartments
tcday, because the lightness of their appearance makes
them seem smaller than they really are. The upholstery
is a quilted fabric gaily suggestive of rural France.
Next is the club chair which, with its tufted back and
lcose seat cushion, is truly amazing in its comfort. Of
course this type of chair originated in England wNhere the
word "comfort" was invented.
The armchair at the bottom of the page has the loose
back cushion that is enjoying great popularity this year.
Notice the grace and style of this chair, and compare it to
the elephantine monstrosities that are really not a bit
more restful.
The group at the bottom of this page achieves variety
and at the same time unity, by the use of different fabrics
in related colors. The plain color of the sofa is repeated
in the patterned fabric on the easy chair, and the grcup is
comp!eted by a casual little chair upholstered in another
patterned fabric which chimes in with the
colors of the first two. All hail to comfort!
The cha r with a loose
cushioned back is very
popular. T
the right a
riety and
use of rela
he group at
chieves va-
unity by the
ted fabric.
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  IN S T I T U T E  oF
The tendency toward
exposed wood frames
is shown in the group
illustrated above. The
club chair
English idea
below is an
of comfort

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