black leather box-cushioned metro chair
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The fashion soon spread across the English Channel and, eventually, to America. Styles became more and more extravagant, with ornately carved mahogany legs, brass-shoed feet, and silk-tufted upholstery. By the turn of the 20th century, however, craftsmen had begun to offer new interpretations of the easy chair. Some focused on the straightforward luxury of the leather-wrapped club chair.

Shown here: The black leather, box-cushioned Metro chair and ottoman are reminiscent of Le Corbusier's sleek, modernist Gran Confort chairs of the 1920s. About $1,500; Thomasville
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