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Red leather chair—$925, Topnotch Furniture & Design, Ketchum, 726-7797.

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The artful chair
writer: Dana DuGan, photographer: Kevin Syms, stylist: Jennifer Tuohy

Sit a spell. Take a load off. Pull up a chair. Not just any chair. Rest awhile in a feat of engineering skill combined with design mastery. More than any other piece of furniture, the chair can expand on the wildest dreams of the designer. From Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the chair acts as a mirror of the stylistic consciousness of each era. The following selection of chairs, all found in the Wood River Valley, illustrates how inspiration can lead to unique discoveries. Some are tastefully elegant, while others have their feet solidly on the ground. Above all they are artful.

 French walnut mutton-leg dining chair, set of 4—$2,200, Lyman Drake Antiques and Imports, Ketchum, 726-1022.

Julia chair in red with matching tie-on cushion—$549 and $430 respectively, Jane’s Upstairs, Ketchum, 726-3474

Cocopa chair, recycled barn wood and hand-forged steel—$1,850, Art Quest West, Ketchum, 727-9700.

Wagon wheel chair—$3,095, Topnotch Furniture & Design, Ketchum, 726-7797.


Solid teak scoop chair—$1,800, Great American Log Furniture, Bellevue, 578-3555.

Axis deer and leather chair, with leather trim and old star studs—$2,197, Tribes Interiors, Ketchum, 726-5003.


Hand-printed linen chair with coral design (fabric available separately)—$1,695, Bellissimo, Ketchum, 726-0702.