Rushing Furniture: More Ways to Rush

Martha Stewart Living, September 2001

Rush is appropriate on a variety of furniture styles. Originally used only on seats, it is also applied to chair backs and even to coffee tables.

Below: This Italian walnut ladder-back chair, circa 1960 and attributed to Gio Ponti, has a prebound grass seat. The chair hangs from the rafters at Yorkville Caning, safely above the bustle of the busy workshop.

Below: A Sheraton-style lyre-back walnut settee combines three individually woven American-cattail-rush seats. In the foreground, a sensible rush seat complements the stout legs and back of an oak Charlotte Perriand chair made around 1940. Perriand's sturdy design has inspired countless reproductions.

Above, main image: A contemporary oak stool with a fiber-rush seat sits atop a 1940s American occasional chair, designed in the style of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. The chair's back and seat are American cattail rush. Below it, a four-by-four-foot coffee table in fiber rush is a testament to the large surfaces that can be rushed. The top of the table required three working days to complete.

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