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sneak peek: annie coggan

by Amy Azzarito

the first thing you’ll notice about annie coggan‘s home is the chairs. there are chairs in every nook and cranny. if you look a little closer, you’ll notice that these aren’t your run-of-the-mill seat furniture. in addition to design classics like a womb chair and an eames rocker, there are chairs with embroidered detailing and side chairs that have been painted and fused together. after many years of brooklyn living, annie moved her family – and her chairs – down to starksville, alabama mississippi where she and husband caleb teach at the college of architecture, art and design and are also partners in coggan crawford architects and designers. just last year, together with brother ted coggan, annie opened little building café, annie designed the space and it’s filled with even more of her chairs! {thanks annie, caleb and madeline!} – amy a

[Together with our daughter, Madeline, Caleb and I arrived in Starkville in 2007.  Madeline and I immediately fell in love with this house – a 1902 Queen Anne in town.  It is unruly – more space than we need but a very welcome change after life in a compact Brooklyn brownstone. The house has become a laboratory for my furniture design work and I always try to balance the room with color, since my attitude about color is there is no bad color.

This is our living room or as 19th century ladies used to say “the best room,” which I love.  It does have all our Best Stuff in it. The light is a modern take on the southern chandelier culture.  It is from the Turkish company Auto Ban. The wing chair is a piece I made. I embroidered a map of William Faulkner’s homestead Rowan Oak and the green fringe on the seat is meant to represent the colias in the front half of his garden. All the mats in the house are by Christopher Paul.]

The Saarinen Womb chair is the most favored chair in the house. It sits directly in front of the TV.  The blue side board is a piece I designed – it’s painted metal and meant to accommodate speakers, books, games, etc. The drawings above are mine.

The Eames rocker was a birthday present from my husband.  The yellow chair is part of the garden series of chairs that I am working on – This one is Eudora Welty’s garden. The large painting is a student painting of Caleb’s and the small ones are from Brooklyn painter Jason Novetsky.

We are firm believers in Ikea when in need of drawers, closets, or shelving – this bunch has been in two houses.

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The Eames Hang-It-All is my favorite functional object. The love seat is a piece I designed and consists of three small side chairs spliced together – we call it the 1,2,3 chair.

We only redid one room in the house (a record for us) and made an old water closet into a master bath. By the time I had finished Little Building, I swore never to buy new again. Almost everything in the bathroom, except for fixtures, had a previous life.  The mirrors were so cheap and interesting that I bought a ton and painted them all white.

The wonderful secret about the Tord Boontje curtains is that they are on their second house, they were in our front room in Brooklyn for years – I rolled them up for the move and was thrilled that they look so good in this room. The bed is our big New Job purchase from DWR and the bedspread is the most blogged bedspread ever but I love orange…so I don’t care and it looks great with the curtains and the sunlight through the curtains. The chair is the brilliantly designed Ellan chair by Chris Martin for Ikea.

This is my studio! One of the most exciting things about the southeast is the amount of letterpress printing work that is done here.  Led by printer guru Amos Kennedy in Gordo, Ala., the poster art is certainly happening here. I try to grab all the good ones and build on my collection.  The chairs are in process, a commission for chairs like the Little Building chairs.

The porch is the reason we bought the house. After all if you’re going to move south from Brooklyn you better get a porch.  The loveseat on the right is from my series Love seats for Virginia Woolf.

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