Over the course of their nearly twenty-year partnership, Anton Kimbel (1822–1895) and Joseph Cabus (1824–1898) developed one of New York City’s leading furniture and decorating firms. Sons of German and French cabinetmaking families, they defined a new take on Modern Gothic design, a style that originated in Britain and was embraced by a growing middle class in the post–Civil War United States.
Salon Art + Design — which made a triumphant return to the Park Avenue Armory from November 11th through 15th after being waylaid in 2020 by Covid — always flaunts more than its fair share of ‘Oh Wow!’ moments, but this stunning Wedge sofa and ottoman from Todd Merrill Studio was far and away one of my favorites this time around. Because just look at it. It’s insane, right?
This visually arresting, deep-teal hued Gothic sofa by Kimbel and Cabus (circa 1875) presents a paradox. The angled arms and legs meet to suggest adjustability or flexibility, but the strong mortise-and-tenon joints that secure the legs and rails render motion impossible.