PIEPOWDER [aka PIEPOUDRE]
1. a traveller; wayfarer; one who journeys away from home.
2. itinerant merchant; a chiefly used in Court of Piepowders, a summary court formerly held at fairs and markets to administer justice among itinerant dealers and others temporarily present.
Etymology: from French, literally “dusty foot”, referring to the travelling dealers, from French pied (“foot”) + poudreux (“dusty”).
American Furniture Design | Edward Wormley (1907-1995)
“I wanted to make furniture that would agree with other people’s furniture, or with antiques, or that other designers or decorators would put together and mix in their own ways. Not in the way that I said it had to be. Not two Mies chairs with a Mies coffee table in front of them.”
- Edward Wormley in a 1987 interview with Ray Smith for Interior Design