August 21, 2015

Custom Suede Headboard & Base


We recently finished this custom headboard & base box for a project in Pacific Palisades. The bed is covered in a gorgeous and supple buff color suede, with single & double top stitch details and mitered corners on the base.





August 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Eero Saarinen


Today would have been Eero Saarinen's 105 birthday! Born in Finland on August 20, 1910, he immigrated to the US, with his family, at the age of 13. His father, influential architect Eliel Saarien, taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where Eero took courses and became friends with fellow students, Charles & Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll (it's like the mid-century brat pack, right?).

His accomplishments were many, and his talent was diverse. We are lucky to have so many of his wonderful and amazing designs in our lives. And, we at Classic Design, are so honored to have a part in restoring his legacy back to their original splendor.







Happy Birthday Mr. Saarinen!

August 19, 2015

Ico Parisi inspired Sofa


We are pushing through the last days of summer and finishing up some projects. One recently completed piece is this sofa, inspired by a design by Ico Parisi. This rendition is a bit smaller than the original, and only has three seat cushions, as opposed to four in the original.



It sits low, with a seating height of 16". The base and legs are walnut with a natural finish. 




Isn't this wood gorgeous? Walnut is one of those perfect wood species, especially for a period inspired piece such as this. It rarely needs a lot of color - there might be just a smidgen of color on this base, but it is very close to the natural wood color. What do you think?

August 10, 2015

Custom Vintage-inspired Chair


We recently finished this custom chair from a client design. As you can see, it has a tight seat and tight back, and the arms are also finished with inset fabric on the interior and exterior panels. The chair was challenging, and not only because of the design, but because of the fabric used. The upholsterers job is to make sure all those lines align so the pattern has a seamless flow.


Do you remember our lesson a couple of weeks ago about stitch/seam examples, and we illustrated a single welt? As you can see here, we used a double welt for the front and back of the lower seat.


The legs and arms are made of walnut that has a cerused finish (don't worry, there will be a lesson soon on wood!), and we finished it off with nail head trim.

August 03, 2015

Media: luxe. interiors + design


It was such a nice surprise, while flipping through the latest issue of luxe magazine, to see the beautiful story on a home Los Angeles designer Audrey Alberts designed. And then we came upon the set of nesting ottomans we made for the residence - even better!


We finished this project over 2 years ago, and love seeing how the piece is used in-residence. Here are some photos from our files.



It was a fun piece - nesting a set of four small ottomans together to make a large ottoman, or coffee table, allows for such versatility. And the recessed base (also leather covered) gives it that ethereal, floating aspect.



July 31, 2015

Mid century chair desktop wallpaper!

Fellow design junkies will appreciate this - David Vineis is a French digital artist, who created a set of 20 desktop wallpapers for your computer. You can download the entire pack and change them out as the mood (or imaginative decor) changes!




They are available here - scroll to the end to download the zip file. Have fun - happy Friday!

July 30, 2015

Upholstery School: Stitch Types & Samples

Many of the designers we work with already know this, but the average person might not know the difference between a plain seam, a single top stitch or a double top stitch. Oftentimes, this is one of the first questions we ask when we are reupholstering a piece, or making a custom piece.

The type of stitch will depend on many things, but most importantly is the style of the piece, personal preference and the type of fabric used.


The plain seam, shown at the top, is very common, and often used with thick, nubby or high pile velvet or mohair. It's simple and clean.

A single welt, shown at the bottom, is a thin piece of fabric, cut on the bias, and wrapped around a cotton cord. It is then sewn into the seam and provides a decorative element to a piece of furniture or cushion. This can also be a contrast fabric, or pre made element/cord. The single welt shown is small, but welts can vary in size. One thing to keep in mind is that depending on the size of the welt, and position (on the edge of a seat cushion, for example), it can impact the comfort when you are sitting.


The single top stitch has the appearance of a welt, but lays flat. This is very often used on seat and back cushions and gives an otherwise plain fabric some dimension. On thick velvets and mohair, however, this can look a little sloppy sometimes because the fabric 'hairs' can end up sewn in different directions.


The double top stitch is also very popular; it starts as a plain seam and then a top stitch is run down each side of the seam using a double needle machine. The double top stitch originated in Italy in the 1970's, and a single needle machine was initially used. The top stitch back then was rarely straight, and the needle impressions were not even. Thank goodness for technology, because it's really beautiful, but it can get lost if you are using a nubby or boucle type of fabric.

What's your favorite stitch?