The Key Arm Sofa

Sherrill Key Arm Sofa, 2126

The Key Arm Sofa

I confess that I am always curious about the origin of the things.

Yes, I have gotten past the chicken or the egg question (It’s the egg, of course), but other questions go unanswered. Why is the sky blue, the grass green? Why is sand on the beach so small? Why are all babies cute? Why does it rain on weekends?

I can’t answer those questions, but I can tackle the mystery of the Greek Key sofa.

A close cousin and derivative of the Rolled Arm sofa. Blockier, yes, more Geometric, a shape that gives pause. Euclid would have this sofa in his home, but he would call it a couch.

Modern design theory points us to Art Deco, an architectural and decortative arts style that appeared in France before World War I. Art Deco was in turn influenced by Cubism Movement in Art. Painters like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque broke their subjects up into compartments and reassembled them into a unified whole. Indeed, in the Key Arm sofa, the back, the seat, the arms, and the legs are visually separated, but the sofa exists as a complete unit.

But the Greek Key is an ancient pattern.

It is a pattern that when repeated mimics the wandering (one should insert “meandering”) Maeander River of Asia Minor that flows into the Aegean Sea with its many twists and turns. (This raises the question of why rivers meander, but that question is better answered elsewhere.) The essence of the Greek key design is an interlocking rectangular pattern constructed from one continuous line. The ancient Greeks of Achilles day and on often featured it in architectural friezes and pottery vases. The Romans copied the Greek design, and by the 18th century, all of Europe adopted it into their design vocabulary. The individual “key” adds an aura of mystery, the key being associated with a lock, and a lock with a puzzle. Thus, the key opens up a lock, revealing an answer to a puzzle.

One of the benefits of Greek Key is that it adds architectural interest to a room. A room is for the most part consists of lines and right angles. Floors and ceilings, windows and doors, are rectangles. The Greek Key sofa throws a twist into this regularity, offering a puzzle that even Euclid might ponder. The nail head trim featured on the Sherrill 2126 sofa accents this twist.

A look that is sophisticated and modern, if not intriguing.

Available at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.

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I Want to be Alone

Greta Garbo, the elusive Hollywood actress of the 1930s, star of Grand Hotel and many other films, is best remembered for one quote: “I want to be alone.” Often pronounced, “I vant to be alone,” with a deep drawl and Swedish accent, the quote means different things to each of us.

To those of us at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park, it simply means, I want my own seat.

Not a Sofa or a Sectional, but a Chair

I want a chair, not a sofa or sectional, preferably a swivel chair because it is especially nice to go this way and that as your mood swings, happy in the knowledge that you control your own sense of direction and destiny.

Greta Garbo did, and never regretted it, not for a moment.

Mind you, Greta did not want to be Macaulay-Culkin-like, Home Alone, just alone in her own chair. In a Life magazine interview in 1955, Greta explained:

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone,’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.”

Trivia — Greta Garbo’s penultimate Hollywood film was Sunset Boulevard, 1950, playing the aging actress Norma Desmond, alongside the ill-fated screenwriter, William Holden. Her last movie appearance was a cameo in Airport, 1975.

Speaking of Chairs

Speaking of chairs reminds me of Dionne Warwick singing Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s A House is Not a Home

“A chair is still a chair,
Even though there’s no one sitting there.”

Not true, for not all chairs are equal. Sherrill chairs are simply made better. So, have a heart, shop Sherrill, made in Hickory, North Carolina, by craftsmen and women who care.

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Blue Christmas

Sherrill’s Series 6 sectional might remind you of Elvis’s Blue Christmas. We think it is pretty enough to rid you of the blues. Available in three arms (track, rolling, and scoop). It is also customizable.

The new fallen snow in December reminds me that Christmas is near. Though the snow is white, and the red ribbons on the green Christmas trees are bright, it will be a Blue Christmas without you.

See it now at Traditions Home, Overland Park and Wichita.

White Christmas

What if you are a Bing Crosby fan? Well, here is our very, very White Christmas. The Series 6 sectional, as fresh as a new fallen snowflake that lands on your tongue. Shown with Rising arm and single cushion seat sofa and chair.

Blue and White


Blue and White, by design

Blue and white. After it rains, there is nothing fresher and cleaner than the combination of blue skies and white clouds.

It is a beloved combination for interior designers, and it has a rich historical lore. Think Chinese porcelain, Delftware from Holland, French toile. Picture the Greek flag, and for that matter, gleaming white houses on a Greek island against the blue sea and sky. Think of exotic lapis lazuli from faraway Afghanistan. Think of the Polynesian blue ocean and the pearls from the sea. Smile as you imagine a baby beluga in the deep blue sea. Think of the brilliant white of the new fallen snow.

Blue is calm and soothing; white is clean and simple. Put together, you experience a serene, tranquil space.

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White is Cool

Sherrill white sofa and chair
white is cool in interior design

Designers choose white

Interior designers choose white for many reasons.

In hot environments, white is cool and refreshing. In cool climates it is clean and pristine. Artists choose white as an excellent backdrop for displaying artwork. Modernists love it because it focuses the viewers attention on the space and the architecture. Traditionalists love it because, like brides, it symbolizes a new beginning, a fresh start.

White reflects all light, so it makes spaces appear larger, the room brighter, the conversation livelier.

White goes well with all colors. This is true because, as Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated, white is a collection of all the colors of the rainbow. Now if you wanting a little color in your life, add a red pillow, a green plant, a blue dish, tan for an earthy feel, gold for beauty’s sake, or anything to create contrast. Black thrown into a white room will create a dazzling effect, and gray a somber reflection on the vicissitude of life.

Have fun designing with white.

The Beach Home


“If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.” Epicurus

Beaches serve as a buffer zone between the rush of the waves and the winds against the sandy shore and the succession of dunes, cliffs, and grasslands. The beach itself is finely-grained sand, gently sloping, and quite flat. And the sand is made of of finely grained quartz and the tiny weathered mollusk shells and skeletons of a thousand animals of the sea. The swash of the waves, the push of the tides, constantly tug and pull at the seashore, creating a living space well adapted to this dynamic eco-system.

The home with its living room, dining room, and bedroom is also a buffer between the hectic pace of the outside world and the peace we seek at home. The home should be harmonious with our feelings and wishes. It should set the mood, allowing us to weather the storms that from time to time come our way.

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