Today, Thomas Day is respected as an important member of the African American community for his outstanding achievements and overall success. He started out, however, as a free African American furniture designer.
The first work of his that I will address is the wardrobe, made of poplar and pine with a scroll interior. I appreciate how the pieces all come together and there is a definite sense of wholeness. Not only that, but the style is also consistent.
The second piece I chose was Day’s mahogany side chair for the Poteat family. This chair I like more than the wardrobe as a finished object. It has flamboyance which serves to give it interest but it is also not overdone, when compared to some others. One aspect that I appreciate is how the legs are reminiscent of an old-school klismos.
The third and final piece of Day’s is his walnut lounge. What I like about this is that it fits in with the others two pieces of furniture above but is still able to translate into a very modern piece of furniture.