I first swooned over the Hallings Secretary by Thomas O’Brien when I saw it in the Hickory Chair showroom in High Point, NC, when it was introduced at the International Home Furnishings Market several years ago.
But as I was going back through my old files, I realized that it’s cropped up no fewer than three times in publications I’ve been involved with producing — all from different designers. So I guess they are as fond of it as I am.
The first time I saw it in situ was at a home in Vienna, VA, where Designer Liz Levin used it in a master bedroom. We featured it in HGTV Ideas magazine.
And after that, in our final issue for Spaces, I noticed it crop up again in Wendy Danziger‘s design for a condo in Bethesda’s Lionsgate. (Full disclosure: She paid me on a freelance basis to write on her blog about that project.)
Ron Fiore, creative director at Hickory Chair, said in an interview with the blog Life in a Venti Cup last year that of all the pieces at his company, the Hallings is his favorite: “Hands down it has to be the Hallings Secretary from the Thomas O’Brien Collection. That piece just works……..with anything,” he said.
Fiore, a tremendously affable and entertaining man whom I’ve met myself, is certainly in good company.