What are hairpin legs?
Straightforward yet striking. Classic yet still contemporary. Somehow hairpin furniture manages to transcend particular design periods and appeal to current tastes without losing its original charm. The reason behind this enduring popularity is the legs’ simplicity. Consisting of two or three thin metal rods, hairpin legs forgo the unnecessary decorative frills that can eventually make furniture appear dated. With this as its primary design principle, hairpin furniture facilitates an endless array of styles, ranging from vintage to modern to everything in between.
What types of furniture use hairpin legs?
Serving as the foundation of many different designs, subtle hairpin legs are attached to modest planks of wood. These legs are most commonly installed on tables. When integrated into a kitchen or dining room, hairpin tables impart a casual, evocative style and offer a comfortable setting for laidback weekday meals, formal dinner parties, and memorable holiday gatherings.
Tables are often paired with a matching bench. However, hairpin benches can take on their own distinguishing style with a back support.
To provide a surface to display framed photographs, décor items, and other accessories, shelves can be affixed to the wall with their own unique hairpin mountings.
What décors embrace hairpin furniture?
As an exercise in simplicity, this style possesses a versatile aesthetic. While most commonly associated with the mid-century modern look, furniture with hairpin legs is included in farmhouse and industrial-inspired décors as well. While not always the main focal point, hairpin furniture cooperates with a room’s architectural features, fabric and curtains, and other pieces of furniture to establish an elevated, cohesive aesthetic.
What’s the history behind hairpin legs?
Like many great inventions, hairpin legs were born out of necessity. During World War II, the government ordered the rationing of all building materials, consequentially making metal hard to come by. To comply with this mandate but still produce stylish furniture, Henry P. Glass — working for Russel Wright and his “American-Way” Collection — came up with an innovative solution: Hairpin Legs. His creation reduced the overall amount of metal used in his furniture’s designs but retained the material’s innate strength and durability. While the collection’s initial run was limited, it was a resounding success in the media, igniting a trend that would continue throughout the rest of the century and into the next.
How is Barn Light Electric’s Hairpin Collection constructed?
Although hairpin furniture assumes fairly straightforward designs, every piece in this collection is meticulously hand-crafted and entirely built-to-order. That means cutting the wood to its proper size, sanding it smooth, and the application of stain and finishes are hands-on tasks, completed after an order arrives. With this fastidious craftsmanship, every table, bench, and shelf in this collection is ingrained with an unmatched attention-to-detail and sense of quality.