July 30, 2014

Before & After: Andre Sornay Chairs Modernist Chairs

We just recovered a set of Sornay chairs for a client and couldn't be happier with the result.

Andre Sornay was an innovative French furniture designer who wasn't well known during his time. This was partially because he lived & designed outside of Paris, which was the epicenter of the French modernist furniture movement in the mid-century era. Many of his designs were simple, with minimalist details.

One of his trademark techniques is referred to as 'cloutage', which is the method of studding the perimeter of furniture panels & frames with a line of brass nails.

Andre Sornay's pieces have become quite collectible, and sometimes sell in the five figures at auction - this modernist is finally getting his due! 

June 26, 2014

Before & After: Mid Century Settee

Our client sent us a pair of mid century love sets a while ago, that she inherited from her grandmother. We estimated that they were most likely from the 1940's or 1950's, and they needed a complete overhaul - everything needed replacing in these little babies!

She picked out a pretty lilac nubuck, and besides the reupholstery, we also powder coated the legs black (they were brown). The result is adorable!

June 19, 2014

Before & After: Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa

Our client had this vintage Vladimir Kagan sofa delivered to our workshop, greatly in need of a little (complete!) TLC. It's difficult to see in this photo, but the fabric was extremely worn and pulled in places. We completely reupholstered the sofa, and gave it quite a facelift!

Our client was also interested in having an ottoman made to complement the sofa - we matched the lines, shape and base to create a new piece.

June 03, 2014

Remembering Steven Shortridge

It was with such sadness that we learned of Steven Shortridge's death last week - he was a client, colleague and good friend for many years. His design aesthetic was modern and clean, and his work graced the pages of many design & shelter publications including Architectural Digest, House & Garden and Metropolitan Home.

Some of the projects we worked on with him included:

inset tufted leather headboard

home office sofa

outdoor banquette

leather headboard

built-in sofa

our friend...taken way too early.

He will be missed.

April 29, 2014

The secret life of chairs...

Not all of our restorations are modern; we just finished restoring 4 of these 18th century French chairs, and it got me thinking: EIGHTEENTH CENTURY! As they are over 300 years old, I can't help but wonder - where have they been and what have they seen?!

They are part of a personal collection (which includes more pieces), and I do not know how they were acquired, but they have been clearly well taken care of. Only minor touch ups were necessary, and those were done with strict adherence to period practices (as much as we could).

As well, the reupholstery was done as the original, and we are proud of the results:

April 17, 2014

Custom king bed with Bronze Tile base

This bed. It is really something else. The design process is such an interesting operation. Our client comes to us with a concept; we put ideas on paper, start some sketches (always by hand, never computer), add some dimensions, sort through the technicalities, and begin production. That's when the fun really begins, because as the concept and design come to fruition, a piece begins to take on its' life and character, and everything comes together.

That's what happened with this bed. There were some challenges, but we are very proud of the end result. This bed is fabricated in a beautiful rust silk velvet, with a cantilevered ledge that sits on 1" bronze tiles, which fit around all three exposed sides.

What you don't see is that under the cantilevered ledge there is a small groove that will house a light strip (yes!), and the space under the headboard is for the transformer box. As you may have discovered, we are big on small details, and making sure the corner tiles incorporated the rounded radius was important to the design of this bed. Making and applying the bronze tiles was a painstaking process, but the result is well worth it.

April 15, 2014

Classic Design sighting: New York Times & Domaine Home

via Domaine Home

I blogged about this beautiful Louis XVI daybed back in February, and it's always so nice to see the pieces we restore, and fabricate, in their actual environment. Domaine Home (one of my favorite shelter blogs) did a beautiful post about the transformation of a brownstone in Brooklyn from one owner to another. The difference is amazing, and both incarnations are gorgeous.

The same home was featured in the New York Times blog last week, and I glimpsed the leather chesterfield we made for this client, last seen here in October. 

via New York Times 

Beautiful home, beautiful photos, and we are so honored to be a part of the design.