Modernist, Art Deco settee. High back composed of five maroon leather upholstered panels which extend to the floor. End panels bordered by five graduated steps that grow larger and flare outward as they descend. Arms curve toward the back, with upholstered arm rests. Front and center legs are joined with the back by six stretcher rods. On back, fine leather strips are inset into framing, carrying the motif through to the front.
This settee was designed by Abel Faidy for the west penthouse suite apartment of Charles E. and Ruth Singletary, 1244 N. Stone Street. The suite of furniture has come to be known as the "skyscraper" suite.
Abel Faidy was a Swiss-born designer who moved to Chicago in 1918. Faidy achieved success by designing commercial interiors for private and corporate clients, included the Karpen and Howell furniture companies. In 1927, Ruth and Charles Singletary commissioned Faidy to design a suite of furniture for their small penthouse apartment at 1244 N. Stone Street. The suite included several case pieces with a trapezoid form, along with a leather settee and dining room chairs that exhibit a stepped-back shape associated with modern skyscrapers that allowed more light to reach street level of cities. The suite, made in the shops of Marshall Field & Company, is a spectacle of a modern style, practicality, and extraordinary craftsmanship.