Here, enjoy a pictorial tour of Corsica, which inspired Hooker Furniture’s delightful Corsica Collection for today’s casual lifestyle.
Corsica is a storied Mediterranean Island. Owned by France today, it has a heritage that includes Italian, Greek, and many other European influences. And so it inspired Hooker Furniture to create a collection based not only on its romantic past, but its very contemporary casual lifestyle. This three-drawer bachelor’s chest is a classic in design, but with a modern sophistication.
Corsica’s natural finish on the chest reflects the sun-washed beaches, and the delight of throngs of tourists who enjoy the laid-back way of life of the island. The practical folk of Corsica would appreciate the cedar-lined bottom drawer, as will you when your woolens are safely stored. For jewelry, the top drawer is felt-lined.
The windows in Corsican houses, many of them centuries old, and in famous farm inns, look out to a landscape of the blue Mediterranean, rugged mountains, and miles and miles of fragrant wild herbs and flowers. This floor-to-ceiling window-shaped mirror can bring vistas of your own garden into your home. The architectural history of Corsica has a drama created by the still-standing citadels, built when the city-state of Genoa controlled the island beginning in the 13th century. Gracious archways, like the one above, recall the many peoples who have contributed to the island’s timeless charm and inspires the shape of Corsica’s medal frame mirror, 78 inches high.
At bedside, or wherever you want a touch of elegance in your home, the small round accent table paired with the mirror has a delicately turned base with the touch of Corsican heritage—a combination of pleasing design elements.
Behind the azure-painted shutters and balconies overflowing with flowers, one might find the ancestor of this beautiful panel bed. Its espresso finish shows the distress that years and years of wear might have brought to it. Its lovely lines are French in origin, again reminding us of the many cultures that have left their imprint on Corsica. France owns the island today—Napoleon was born on Corsica—but it is only one of the melting-pot influences in the way Corsicans live. How restful an environment—natural beauty and a timeless heritage.
The traditional houses of Corsica are made of the native stone of the island, blending a way of life with what nature has provided. You will find them clustered together—this goes back to how families lived so close for many, many years. Often there are stairs on the outside of the house to save space on the inside, and they generally are no more than three or four stories. This upholstered shelter bed is the color of sand and stone, and its softness just might bring the essence of gentle sea breezes to your bedroom.
Farmer’s markets flourish on Corsica. The people have made the most of what they grow, raise, and fetch from the sea. Above all their cuisine is definitely a blend of the cultures who have settled on this pleasant island. At the farm inns, where many tourists like to take meals, you’ll find traditional fare, with a mixture of French and Italian influences. Olives, chestnuts, local cheeses are necessary ingredients as are the wild herbs on the island. To dine in the Corsican manner, not only enjoy its food heritage, but its design heritage as well. Classic mixes with rustic in this ample rectangular table in both espresso and natural finishes.
The display cabinet could have come from a French country house, and the chairs, a more formal Paris dining room.
Blending traditional with country gives the Corsica collection the best of both worlds—and a personal style of one’s own.
Come to Corsica to leave behind stress and the pressures of a complicated world. Here, the emphasis is on the good life. What you will take home is a breath of fresh air you will want to infuse into your own life. Islands are romantic by their very nature—and Corsica is no exception. Its claim to fame is how many cultures have landed on its shores and made a place for themselves amongst the others thriving there. Gather around the Corsica round dining table, made ageless by its distinctive espresso finish, to enjoy friends and family over favorite meals, just as they do in Corsica. And indeed the stresses of the day just might melt away.
If you were writing a post card home from Corsica, you would surely start: “Wish you were here.” You’d want to share all the beauty of the island, the magic of its blue waters, and mostly the friendly way of life its people have cultivated over many years. Hooker Furniture Corporation wanted to capture that feeling of calm in the design of this writing desk—perfect for penned notes or office work. The desk, in the collection’s natural finish, has a drop front drawer for keyboard use. For a touch of Corsican life, brew a cup of mint tea on your afternoon break and write a special note to someone close to you.