Great design is emulated. Magnificent design—like that of Duncan Phyfe Furniture—becomes an adjective. As in: those legs are so Duncan Phyfe.
Admittedly, like the work of Thomas Chippendale, most Duncan Phyfe pieces you will encounter are reproductions. Founded in New York by a Scottish cabinetmaker of the same name, Duncan Phyfe was only produced during the early 19th-Century. Focused on symmetrical sensibilities rather than overly ornate flourishes, the company accumulated notoriety for its proportional take on Neoclassical style. Adored at the time by wealthy Manhattan merchants, interest in the brand was renewed in the 1920s when the Metropolitan exhibited Phyfe’s cache of work.