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It’s what Ray Booth does and cannot stop doing: designing. On frequent flights between his studios in Nashville and New York, Booth takes out letter-size sheets of vellum and begins sketching. “I look for every opportunity to create something new and custom for a client,” he says, “and I wound up creating for Hickory Chair what is now my first inaugural launch of furniture.”


Booth has an uncanny ability to look into living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens and see what is missing. With so many homes now featuring an open plan that melds living and dining rooms with kitchens, Booth conceived what he calls the Split Klismos Bench, referencing the ancient Greek furniture form. “I’m always asking myself, ‘What can be different about an otherwise traditional piece of furniture?’ This piece allows one person to sit facing forward, the other backward, yet it encourages a tête-à-tête. I like the idea of encouraging conversation among people.”


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This story appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of MILIEU.