For the living room, Garcia selected furnishings from BAC, Aparicio’s decorative-arts gallery, including a leather-clad Fritz Henningsen armchair, a 1940s French daybed, and Carl Malmsten klismos-style chairs. On the pedestal stands a midcentury Kähler vase; the secretary is ’40s Danish, the table lamp is a ’20s piece by Svend Hammershøi for Kähler, and the ’40s side table is by Henningsen. A Ronald Albert Martin gouache-and-ink abstract is mounted above the sofa.
Using an upholstery method known as à chassis, the chair maker made the comfortably padded backs, seats, & arms of these chairs easily removable. The servants of the chairs' owner changed the fabric on the cushions with the seasons of the year, using a heavy damask or tapestry in the winter, replacing it with a lighter colored silk in the spring. A brief announcement in the newspaper informed the fashion-conscious inhabitants of 1700s Paris when to change their furniture coverings. LB