Sofa: Couches and Dreams
This is a 19th century piece. We were looking for something Egyptian Revival but settled on this piece instead. Because it comes from the 1820’s, the Jacksonian Era, it seemed particularly appropriate for our house and David’s connection to Jackson. And like David and Jackson, who was six-foot one, the piece is unusually long. A tall man can stretch out on it. This is not true of most pieces from the eighteen twenties. And we love the wings on the feet.
Almost more than the wooden frame of the sofa, I love the fabric with which it is upholstered. Everyone in the family voted on it. Caroline Coulton, friend and designer extraordinaire, responsible for the overall plan of all the interiors, found this fabric. This fabric is for me an outstanding example of her ability to integrate the particular aesthetic and history of our family while balancing the geometries and colors of the rooms in some more general fashion.I voted yes to the fabric because it reminded me of the artist Aaron Douglas’s early graphic work.
When husband David wakes up too early to actually get up, he stretches out, all six foot five of him, on this couch and dreams into the morning.