Furniture for daily life: Empire Chest “One of the things I miss most about vintage furniture are the pieces reminiscent of simpler times and that showed true craftsmanship,” says Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces. “I’m referring mainly to the early 1900s where function and form were both found in a piece. You were proud to display it in your home as well as utilize it for daily grind activities.” Take this American Empire-style, or Federal chest, which could be used as a dresser in the bedroom or entry. “Versatile on Teak Garden Furniture and Teak Indoor Furniture