Introducing Collector’s Room: a look into the inspiration for our Chateau Dining Table

Written By Holly Clark

Posted 04/28/15

Updated 04/28/15

For the Home

George Vanderbilt traveled throughout his life, learning more about the world through its history, culture, and art. In a single ten-year period, his fascination with foreign lands took him throughout Europe and Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and northern Africa, and to the Middle East and Japan. (Tyrolean Upholstered Bed, inspired by an original bed in the Tyrolean Chimney Room, shown right)

Many of the treasures Mr. Vanderbilt collected from around the world remain on display in Biltmore House, so it’s no wonder our design partners spend days examining the exquisite details of furnishings, textiles, and architectural designs. Intricate carvings, antique patterns, exotic curios from around the globe—all provide inspiration to create relevant products for today’s homes.

Collector’s Room, our newest offering of elegant furniture and accessories, highlights this process. Each piece, distinctive on its own, is comfortable, elegant, and charming. Each piece celebrates a timeless way of life inspired by George and Edith Vanderbilt’s vision of gracious living and hospitality. Grounded in beauty and refinement, the spirit of Biltmore is captured in every stylish detail and exquisite element of these furnishings. (Acquisitions Entertainment Base & Deck, shown left)

Our new Chateau Dining Table is a remarkable example of how Biltmore’s beauty can be translated into an heirloom-quality piece that suits your lifestyle.

Finding inspiration

One of the most inspiring rooms in Biltmore House is the Library—a soaring space that holds 10,000 volumes of George Vanderbilt’s enormous book collection. Architect Richard Morris Hunt intended the Library to showcase the vivid “Chariot of Aurora” ceiling painting, and he designed magnificent furnishings to complement the size and style of the grand room, including the slant-front book table (pictured, right) and the rolling staircase.

For the second level of the Library, Hunt designed a series of Baroque-style reading stools featuring heavily scrolled and foliate-carved legs. They were produced to Hunt’s specifications by The Hayden Furniture Company of Rochester, New York—a favorite manufacturer of the era for many wealthy Americans. These elegant pieces are crafted of walnut, which has an excellent grain for carving, good dimensional stability, inherent strength because of the grain pattern, and a lovely warm tone.

Chateau Dining Table

Although today’s guests rarely glimpse the stools in their balcony setting, our product designers were entranced by the craftsmanship and the bold acanthus leaf detailing. Acanthus is a classical motif thought to represent the cyclical nature of life, and this carving was the inspiration for an elegant new dining table by our Fine Furniture Design partners.


The Chateau Dining Table (acanthus leg detail, left) reflects an emphasis on classic styling and provides a formal tone for modern homes. It features burl veneers with mahogany inlays, and is available in an Heirloom Chestnut finish, which is hand-rubbed for a subtle sheen. Both our Steamship Splat Back Chairs and our Caravan Upholstered Chairs (with or without arms; both are shown in featured image) make elegant partners for this handsome table.

Find the Chateau Dining Table here.

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