Designer Biography: Suzanne Kasler
For over twenty years, Atlanta designer Suzanne Kasler has created warm, inviting environments that strike a balance between elegant, traditional design and practical comfort. This spring, she is collaborating with Hickory Chair to bring that same spirit to her new line of furniture, Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair.
Kasler is known for her love of all things French and brings a fresh mix of Continental flavor and classic style to her interiors. It was recently written, “The Atlanta-based designer brings southern charm, European sensibility, and an architectural eye to her interiors….” By mixing both antiques and modern pieces, she creates environments that are timeless, sophisticated, and, most importantly, livable.
Hickory Chair President Jay Reardon describes what first attracted the company to Suzanne. “Like many Americans who tear out pages from home furnishings magazines as they look for the next evolution for their home, we were impressed by Suzanne’s warm, inviting environments featured in those magazines. The subtle mix of hues and distinctive details that made each home architecturally interesting made us want to meet this person,” Reardon said. “Her talent was so compelling.”
At the same time that Hickory Chair was noticing Kasler, she had set her sights on working with Hickory Chair. “They are a very collaborative group of people to work with,” she explained. “I felt that my style would complement the pieces that Hickory Chair already offers.”
Kasler’s passion for perfection and detail is consistent with Hickory Chair’s tradition of personalized home furnishings. The collection features couture details, such as grosgrain ribbon trim, slipcovers with graceful ties, and custom-made hardware for a perfect finishing touch. Kasler also brings her distinctive use of color to this collection with a new finish called Birch, which is a cross between a warm white and a neutral taupe, with a hand that shows light wear.
The collection includes more than 40 different pieces; many are inspired by items found by Suzanne during her favorite trips to flea markets in Paris. Suzanne’s signature piece is The Alexandra Chair which features one of the most renowned architectural motifs - the quatrefoil. The hand-carved chair is a fluted, neoclassical design incorporating quatrefoil forms. The Carlyle Credenza was inspired by an antique oversized buffet with hidden drawers that has long been the anchor in Suzanne’s own dining room. This piece is offered in two sizes, and is available with a wood or marble top. The Asheworth Campaign Desk is a version of a vintage French Modern desk with strong architectural details.
“We are very excited to launch this new collection by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair,” concluded Reardon. “It is reminiscent of collected pieces from around the world, like a grand tour of Europe. They are tied together by their classic forms and are personalized for today’s lifestyles and the needs of our consumers.”
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