In less than 10 years, Chuck Comeau has become one of the most respected furniture designer/manufacturers in the country, with representation in some of the most prestigious showrooms in the United States, including John Rosselli in New York, August George in Washington, D.C., and Kneedler-Fauchere in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.
In all, Dessin Fournir's collection totals about 200 pieces of furniture, from case goods and dining room tables to chandeliers and floor and table lamps, most of it produced in Kansas, where Comeau was born and worked in several businesses before decided he wanted to start his own furniture company. Comeau and his partner in Dessin Fournir, Len Larson, try to "emulate the best of the past" in their designs. Their latest offering includes three unique beds, each of them inspired by forms and styles from different eras.
The Ogden bed (below right), which has vines trailing up its mahogany posts, is "a canopy bed without the hassle of all that upholstery," as Comeau describes it. "It has a tall, vertical feel to give it a sense of grandeur, and we upholstered the headboard, gilded the vines and made a finial with detailing in it to make the bed luxurious."
Those wanting a fancy, canopy bed will get it with the Everett (above), which has a Napoleonic square back and fluted columnar posts topped off with gilded capitals in the Neoclassical style. The canopy frame is topped off with a gilded acanthus-leaf border, making it a pity to shroud the bed and its fine detailing in upholstery. The walnut bed has, in a short time, become a best seller in the south and on the East Coast.
For Modernists, Comeau has produced the metal Palladio bed (below left). "I was inspired by an old Italian form when I thought about making this bed," Comeau says. Lest the viewer think it's just a contemporary metal bed, Comeau points out some details. "The posts are square and tapered, which is very hard to do because they are made by hand and it is hard to make them larger on one end and thinner at the top. We added the steel rivets to reinforce its handmade quality and texture."