But for now, and for many years to come, the Spanish Chairs will remain in a deep window bay in Fiona’s living area. With this window orientated to the northwest and affording delightful vignettes of the garden, the two chairs have their backs towards the dining room table. “I also enjoy sitting at the dining table and admiring these chairs in profile. The leather straps and corseted backrest take on a sculptural quality,” Fiona says, who also appreciates the natural materials against her skin. “The chairs also work beautifully with the oak floors and the Afghan rug under them which has the same hue as the leather,” she adds.
The Spanish Chair had been on Fiona’s wish list for many years. But now spending more time at home, she thought it was the right time to place her order. “I was prepared to wait, both for the right time and the time they take to arrive (approximately four months). They’re made by hand and only to order,” Fiona says, who gravitates to the Spanish Chair when not painting in her studio. “It has a lightness to it and just the right scale for this spot.”