About the Etesian Collection
Dining chairs are for sitting. Oh sure, you can perch, drape, straddle or flop, but during a meal, particularly one lasting more than 15 minutes, you sit. But how often have you sat comfortably?
The Three Hour Dinner Party Chair
At WILLEM SMITH, we set out to develop not simply a dining chair but the 3-hour dinner party chair. That means you can sit and enjoy yourself at a dinner party without sqiurming and readjusting yourself to keep comfortable. And thus we created the stylishly elegant Etesians.
All of our seating has piErgonom-certified comfort which implies that we have agonized over every detail to create the sit-it-to-believe-it experience. The symbiosis of the pitch, the profile, the scale, the construction along with our materials, somehow, results in chairs that are enormously sitable. The Etesians are proudly made in North Carolina with sustainably-harvested hardwood frames and a maple base.
Make It Your Own
You take our thought-through engineering and make the chair your own. Hundreds of WILLEM SMITH leathers and fabrics, a full menu of optional stitching and nailhead combinations ensure that your chairs will not only feel terrific, they'll look exactly as you imagined. See the full menu of options.
Sit it to believe it!
What is a WILLEM SMITH Sample Sale? Bear in mind that WILLEM SMITH’s pricing policy is a bit different that of most of our furniture selling brethren. For all ‘regular’ items, our price is the price. Our furniture is thoroughly thought-through and we put a similar care and rigor in our price setting: we set the fair price the first time. In other words, we don’t discount for the sake of negotiation and we never put regular merchandise on sale. There isn’t oodles of margin for us to be playing with (that earlier bit about fair price setting), but more poignantly, we don’t like the 'I lost' feeling we get when we buy something at full price and three months later there’s a month-long discount on all upholstery.
Having said all that, we do have floor samples, inventory bloopers and there’s-an-odd-story-to-this-piece situations where a discounted price is warranted and logical. Peruse them here.
Please ask us for additional information about these items: most of these are at or near our World Headquarters, right across from the Mosaic in Merrifield (Fairfax, VA), so we can provide additional photos and insights. Whether or not the provenance intrigues you, you’ll love the piece.
WILLEM SMITH Leather
We are committed to offering industry-leading quality and selection at a surprising value. Chosen for their consistency, luxurious hand and, importantly, value, WILLEM SMITH leathers have been aniline dyed, and most have received a light topcoat for depth of color and protection against the realities of life.
Certain series have a more pronounced grain while others may be typically smoother, have a glossier finish or even, hold onto your socks, appear to have a sparkly iridescence. Some of our favorites exhibit a degree of what is referred to as a pull-up burst; these wonderful hides celebrate the character marks that make each piece of furniture undeniably unique. Choose your favorite colors, and then contact us to learn about the distinctive characteristics of each collection.
Objects for Life
All of the WILLEM SMITH pieces are meant for a lifetime. Below are some straightforward tips to help you easily preserve the beauty of your collection for years to come.
Enjoy. Host yet another three-hour dinner party in your Etesian chairs. Curl up with a long novel in our Francisco. Our uncompromising attention to the construction of each piece assures your WILLEM SMITH collection will endure and endure. Our classic, clean lines and our conscientious provision of the highest quality and most appropriate materials assure your pieces will be simple to maintain.
If you have specific questions on caring for any of your WILLEM SMITH piece, please call us. We would love to hear from you.
Dust can cast a dull pallor, masking the inherent beauty of our carefully selected woods. Frequent dusting not only allows you to pass the white glove test and recoup the wood’s sheen, it removes airborne pollutants which could scratch wooden surfaces. An ever so slightly dampened, clean, soft cloth is our tool or choice; it effectively removes and traps dust from becoming airborne again. Periodically, to restore the natural luster, polish wooden furniture with a lint-free cloth, working in the direction of the grains as much as possible.
WILLEM SMITH can partner with you to guide you in understanding the quality, grade and origin of the leather used as you customize your leather pieces. Our high quality leather will provide many years of good service. Maintenance is easy. A wipe of a clean, soft, damp cloth and regular dusting. Over time, leather will develop a patina giving it a distinctive appearance as it matures. To extend the life of leather, we recommend applying a specialist hide solution every year or so.
WILLEM SMITH fabrics are selected not only for their beauty but also taking into consideration the practicality of using your pieces yet keeping them beautiful. Naturally, wipe up any spills and spots as soon as you see them. Using the small attachment for your vacuum cleaner you can quickly keep your upholstered furniture clean and dust free. A steam cleaner can help provide a periodic, deeper clean. As with all valuable pieces of furniture and antiques, avoid placing them in direct sunlight or within two feet of heat sources. Sun and heat can dry out wood and finishes, crack leather and fade upholstered fabric. Of course, water can also damage wood, leather and fabric surfaces. If you have a spill, dry the area thoroughly and promptly. All-purpose cleaning sprays are not appropriate for WILLEM SMITH or other fine furniture.
How Not To Get Stuck
You’ve no doubt already measured the space where you will put the piece and compared it to the dimensions on our pages about each product. Now let's make sure you can get it there.
The Pathway to Its Intended Destination
Entryways: height and width of all areas. Take into consideration the space that the door takes up. Are there any fixtures in the way?
Entry Clearance: the distance from the wall, through the doorway to the opposite wall.
Twists and Turns: consider ceiling height (if you need to stand the sofa), lights, fans or other ceiling fixtures, banisters.
Before delivery, remove any frames or artwork from walls to avoid bumps and scratches.
Remove any potential obstacles between the door and your furniture’s final placement—plants, chairs, accent tables, etc.
Please confine pets to ensure they won’t be underfoot or escape out open doors.
If you live in a building with an elevator, measure the height of the door, as well as the inside space to ensure it’s big enough for your furniture to travel in.
Cut out a cardboard template in the size of the new furniture or using masking tape mark off the area on your floor to help you envision how it will fit in your room.