"It has a lean and light scale ... even a feminine scale," she says of the boxy cherry and mahogany pieces often teetering on sinuous, saberlike legs. Winner of the Chicago Athenaeum Distinguished Furniture Award, the made-to-order Paris Series, starting at $2,200 and sold through designers, now comprises more than 35 ideas, from elegant writing tables and dressing stands to upholstered settees, salon chaises, and lounge chairs, all incorporating what Snider refers to as "the French sensibility."
Like her Grande Salon Table and Paris Writing Table, which both feature a serpentine-shaped gallery at the back and faux ivory escutcheons, a signature detail that references the hardware shown on early art deco designs. "There's something about shapes and forms, playing lyrical shapes against others that are strict and retrained, that become a sort of language in the collection," offers Snider. "I see my furniture as very minimalist, but people respond to it as softer, more midway between something very severe and something traditional."
Paris Series by Maxine Snider, (312) 527-4170, www.maxinesniderinc.com