Masters of Interior Design, The Herter Brothers had eclecticism running in their blood flow! They were the masters of their craft and proposed such a beautiful combination of different styles yet accomplishing incredibly balanced and harmonious pieces of furniture. They were wild as Queen Victoria, sophisticated as the traditional Japanese art and beautiful as the Aesthetic Movement.
The firm of Herter Brothers, New York, (working 1864–1906), founded by Gustave and Christian Herter, who were both born in Stuttgart. The firm begun as an upholstery warehouse, became one of the first firms of furniture makers and interior decorators in the United States after the Civil War. With their own design office and cabinet-making and upholstery workshops, Herter Brothers were prepared to accomplish every aspect of interior furnishing including decorative paneling and mantels, wall and ceiling decoration, patterned floors and carpets and draperies.
The Red Room of the White House was furnished with Herter Brothers furniture during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. Several pieces of their furniture remain in the White House including a center table and a slipper chair. This center table bears the remains of the only known Herter Brothers paper label; generally the firm stamped their furniture, a common practice in the 19th Century.
Among their most prominent clients were the Vanderbilts. Between 1879 and 1882, Herter Brothers decorated William Henry Vanderbilt‘s new Fifth Avenue mansion.
At 634 Fifth Avenue, in 1880–1882, they decorated the mansion of Darius Ogden Mills, on the site of part of Rockefeller Center now occupied by the colossal bronze Atlas.
The White House’s interiors were extensively renovated during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. Executing the designs of architect Charles Follen McKim, Herter Brothers created the plaster ceiling and ornately carved oak paneling for the expanded State Dining Room. The firm’s workshops also provided the heavily carved paneling for the renovated East Room.
They were one of the biggest inspirations for Weylin at the 4 year historic restoration. The eclecticism got to an amazing wallpaper design we applied on various interior rooms.
Thank you Herter Brothers for so much passion and art!