DESIGN DICTIONARY: Etagere
If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
What is an etagere?
ETAGERE: A type of furniture introduced in the beginning of the 19th century characterized by a series of tiered shelves, sometimes with drawers or doors below. It was designed for the display of small objects. The Victorians called their version a "whatnot." It remains very popular today and has evolved to include open shelving for display that is not necessarily tiered.
Billy Baldwin designed one of the most famous etageres for Cole Porter.
The firm Victoria & Son, who manufactured the original version, continues to offer an etagere in the Porter style.
I have a pair of Milo Baughman etageres in our NYC apartment.
This Victorian whatnot features burl wood. In the Victorian period, whatnots often were corner pieces.
The word "etagere" also describes a tiered serving piece.
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Photo credits: Duchess of Windsor from Liz O'brien. Albert Hadley apartment from Lonny. Victorian whatnot from live auctioneers. Serving piece from dewanda Shopping: 1 Jonathan Adler Jacques 2. Jules from Mitchell Gold, 3. Chloe available Ballard Designs, 4. Bunny Williams Olympia available Harbinger 5. Stanley Furniture Preserve Botany on Ebay