ORLANDO DIAZ-AZCUY Cambria Arm Chair Almond Boucle with Dark Tobacco finish This generously scaled design evokes the stylistic furniture of the 1950s. The piece features rattan crimped along the top rail and a tall backrest that displays a unique upholstered, quadrant pattern accented by a square button detail at the center. Straight armrests, slightly flared front legs and an X-shaped stretcher complete the architectural angularity of this piece.
In the late forties—as the postwar years rolled into an era of prosperity—most Americans were glad they had a chair to sit in, and few felt the rumble of the 1950s design evolution that would soon blow the lid off of the staid culture of the West. Minimalist visionaries Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen, and many others, were fueling a brand new look perhaps rooted in the early organic works of twentieth-century masters LeCorbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. The look captured space and light in ways that reflected a union of interiors with the great outdoors, with a sense of the world beyond our own. In 1951, Mies van der Rohe designed the legendary Farnsworth House, now a metaphor of the frail line between human and nature.
In 1948, perhaps ahead of their time, John and Elinor McGuire launched a line of furnishings that merged incredible materials, forms, textures and ideas to create furniture and environments that were both unique and iconic. Early McGuire designs reside in the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and are preserved in public spaces around the world.
Villandry Arm Chair in pewter chenille with Dark Tobacco finish - With its quatrefoil back design, the Villandry Arm Chair is a study in balance and symmetry. This design reflects the fluidity of curves often seen in Art Nouveau furnishings. Intersecting arcs on the back, arched armrests and a curved front seat rail all create a pleasing composition of line and form. The chair is designed for dining use or as a sophisticated pull-up chair.
Next to the McGuires, no other designer has had a more profound impact on McGuire Furniture than Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. This celebrated designer’s sense of shape and texture is both evocative and modern, with a profound nurturing of fragile separations of bold and subtle, muted and untamed. There is also a sense of fun in his designs—formal pieces in ivory chenille and cocoa rattan can notch up the glam and heighten the chi-chi atmosphere of a room. Diaz-Azcuy’s eye for the eclectic and reverence for architecture are reflected in the pure silhouette of his work, which includes generously scaled furnishings and upholstered designs that maintain a lightness of scale with their exposed rattan frames, and a series of occasional tables and accent pieces.
The Cuban born Orlando Diaz-Azcuy earned a degree in Architecture from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture, and a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1985, he opened his own design studio producing, among other things, a well-received line of furniture for Hickory Business Furniture. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy is solely occupied by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs, Inc.