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Season 1, Episode 5

The Origins of Ottomania



What does a popular piece of furniture have to do with one of the most formidable empires in history? Find out on The Furniture Geek as the all-knowing Jason Oliver Nixon shares the origins of the ottoman, how to choose between today's most popular options (storage or sheepskin?), and the many functions this small-but-mighty piece has to offer.

Products In This Episode

Eshani Pouf


Add an element of design surprise to your space and step outside of your box with the square Eshani Pouf. Its multi-color and multi-patterned design is hand tufted with a wool and cotton cover and filled with polystyrene beading. Hand tufted wool and cotton cover Polystyrene bead fill

Add a stylish, playful note to your cherished space with the Bianca Stool by Noir. The flokati seat flaunts mid-century modern style that adds a funky flair to a variety of style motifs. Spice up your traditional decor with this trendy piece or add a softened touch to your austere space. All Noir products are created with a focus on fine craftsmanship and environmental sustainability. The lumber used in the making of Noir furniture is distressed lumber. Due to the nature of handcrafted products, dimensions, details and /or colors represented may vary.

The Furniture Geek

About the Series

As one-half of heralded design duo Madcap Cottage, Jason Oliver Nixon has built his ottoman empire as the prince of prints. But his knowledge of design goes beyond pattern: he’s a walking, breathing encyclopedia of style! In “The Furniture Geek,” Jason’s sharing his vast wealth of knowledge, from the little-known origins of popular silhouettes, to clues about color and cues on quality. Watch--and learn--as our resident geek of chic conducts his study on style. More

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