stuff i don't think works, and why
Bespoke Furniture Design & Manufacture
i don't like this, because i don't think there's any elegance to it. it's cool and contemporary, but just because something is contemporary with lines that fit today's standards of "nice" or "cool" or "attractive" doesn't mean it's right for our inn. i think this is way too harsh and masculine, and not elegant enough for a hotel...better suited for an office building.
John-Richard Collection - "Serpent" Chair - $1,829
i'm not a fan of chairs without armrests. i think they make a person feel awkward and unsure with what he/she should do with his/her arms. i also think the back on this is way too high. it's an outdated look. though it offers some attractive contemporary lines, furniture is becoming less bulky and more elegantly sized.
Geneva Club Chair
aside from having no armrests, i think the biggest problem with this chair is that it seems bulky. the back is also way too high, out of proportion with the rest of what's going on with the chair, and the flare-outs on the top make it look like it belongs in Alice in Wonderland. too whimsical-looking.
Stanley Lounge Chair
the seat back is really nice on the sides, but it's too tall and the button takes away from its elegance and makes it more cute than anything. the cushion is way too big. there are no armrests. the nail heads are way outdated. the legs are way too scrawny for the size of the chair. if redesigned slightly, this could be very nice.
Tulip Leather Chair - $599
shape is very nice, but if the legs were done in a nicer wood, they might be more attractive. the flair out at the top is whimsical and inelegant.
EKTORP TULLSTA Chair | IKEA - $129
the lines on this are actually pretty nice, but if you're going to have fabric go all the way down, it really should stop at a wood border that runs the entire curve of the chair, like on the Armani Casa chairs i reconfigured for The Apartment and The Tower Suite. the "bedskirt" look, or the "slipcover" look isn't elegant...it's more casual.
Dave Chair - $745.03
great lines, very clean look, would look amazing with the right fabric, but just looks like it's probably too big for our space.
i don't think this works, because the style is very whimsical, and the chair itself is quite large. we have to focus on more delicate and elegant and smaller furniture with our space restrictions, so that the lobby doesn't become awkward or appear cluttered. the pin striping is also outdated.
i don't think this works, because they're extremely large, and the style is largely outdated.
White Button Tufted Leather Sofa with Rolled Arms - $1,422.35
there's no doubt that it's a nice looking sofa at first, or, at least the overall shape is for some tastes, but i don't think this works for the Inn, because the style is largely outdated. the scrolly legs are outdated, the tufting is outdated, the fabric gathering is outdated, the stripes on the bottom from are outdated, and the design is very busy. everyone is moving away from business in design. if we go with something like this, we'll be getting new furniture and further outdating ourselves with it.
"Kirstin" Chairs - $1,029
i don't think this works for the Inn, because the entire industry is moving away from traditional pieces, because the entire culture is moving away from traditional pieces. there are some hotels out there that rely on a particular aesthetic, like an ultra-modern W or an ultra-traditional Simpson House or Ballard Inn, but with our clientele and where they're coming from and the various age ranges, i think we desperately need to update ourselves with regards to the overall decor type so as to better match today's standards for sophisticated, cool, sexy, chic, elegant, classy. traditional furniture is largely seen as boring, stale and uninteresting...grandma-ish...that's why entire industries are leaving it behind. people don't want to see it anymore...unless in very specific situations, which i don't think includes us at all.
Black Linen Chair - $686.90
at first glance, this looks like a compromise-piece...something that we can all agree is a step up from traditional, but not too modern. the thing is, though, is that even this style is becoming outdated. i can't say it enough, people are being inspired by the styles of the art deco era, and they're going with much cleaner, less intricate designs, but then using elegant fabrics to dress them up for a perfect combination of art-deco chic and classic sophisticated elegance. all of the furniture i've proposed does exactly that. with some twists on them, i really think it will inspire a very big interest in the Inn and a rise in business, overall.