Andre St. Louis

Andre St. Louis

In Memory of My Mother

After battling breast cancer for five years, my mother passed away in 1998 at the young age of 48. Being only 19 at the time, this made a huge impact in my life; I was a “momma’s boy” who was found himself without a mom. While I realized quickly the huge impact that losing her would have on my life, I’m still finding the little ways in which her life inspires my decisions everyday – not the least of which was my desire to design a chair in her memory.

Andre St. Louis' chairOne of my favorite things about my mother was that she truly believed in me as an artist. She fully supported my decision to follow my passion as an artist when I wanted to go to Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Without her support, I wouldn’t be designing and building furniture today for a living.

When I think of my mom, and her influence on me, often the first thing that comes to mind is her love of nature and antiques; I wanted to incorporate both aspects of her into my design. She had a fine eye for classic beauty; the floral elements within the design of the chair reference the Art Noveau period and are my interpretation of that classic beauty. I felt this was a great chance for me to integrate the floral pattern in steel into the design, while maintaining the antiquity of the oak rocking chair.