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Publication Date: 2017-11-06

Behind the Design

Studio Visit: Jillian O'Neill

Houston-based designer Jillian O'Neill reveals the inspiration behind the Caden Lounge Chair, which is part of her new furniture collection.


Q: What inspired the Caden Lounge Chair? Did you see a void in the marketplace, or did you design it for a particular project and then realize that it had broader appeal?

A: This chair came from the desire for a chair with a sleek profile, but one that would work well within both modern and traditional spaces.​ ​I found that I was regularly drawing and designing certain "ideal" pieces, staples I was consistently searching for. The chair's final iteration came after more than a year of sketching, which is the longest I’ve ever worked on a piece. After I drew the metal arm running underneath the chair, I knew it was ready for production. That really finalized my initial vision.

Q: What is your favorite feature?

A: My favorite detail is the contrast of the brass and the walnut, as seen from the back. I wanted this chair to be striking from all angles and saw the back as a way to highlight the rich walnut grain. I’m so happy with that juxtaposition. You could place it anywhere in a room and it would look fabulous​.​ It embodies my desire to create elegant but livable spaces and the mixture of materials makes it both warm and modern.

Q: Ideally, how and where would you like to see it used?

A: It has a bit of formality, so I see it working well in a living room. But I love that the angled seat’s purpose is twofold—for aesthetics and for comfort—so I also see it being used in family rooms as well.

Q: Do you offer customized versions?

A:  The chair is available in various wood finishes—solid walnut, ash, and wenge. We offer quick-ship upholstery options via Holland & Sherry, but designers can also customize our pieces with COM.

Q: How does it coordinate with other items in your collection?

A: I strive for elegant simplicity and this chair exemplifies that. I appreciate furniture that doesn’t scream for attention but that definitely has a presence.​  The Caden Lounge Chair exmplifies the collection's focus on rich solid woods, hand-cast metals, and luxurious textiles. We are thrilled with the response and are expanding the line with nesting tables, a cocktail table, and the perfect sofa.


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