The Greensboro Chair.
The classic notion has always been to remain standing tall and never go out sitting down. The tendency to equate strength with how high the head is held & not how high the standard individual. We’re talking about quality, quality of life. An equality in life 4 black freshmen students sought for their brothers and sisters.
On February 1st, 1960; one of the most historic civil rights sit-ins was led by 4 courageous black freshmen attending North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC. Upon sitting at the Woolworth lunch counter, the “4 freshmen” were denied service due to ongoing racial disparities. Refusing to give up their chairs, they watched as their movement spread & Greensboro became a face of civil rights history.
The Greensboro Chair pays homage to those Greensboro sit-ins that ended on this day July 25th in 1960. It represents the men and women who by choosing to sit down, stood up for so much. Made from bold Peruvian Walnut wood displaying rich streaks of black, using a series of interlocking joinery techniques along with present and Mid-Century Modern design we were able to create a piece that exudes robust visuals through opulent upholstery combined with vigorous cross sections, mirroring the accord of those involved in the event.
Whether utilized as an everyday chair or a decorative piece, The Greensboro Chair depicts solidity through detailed structure, illustrating that by sitting down, 4 black freshmen were able to lift a nation.