September 17, 2014

Jean Michel Frank sofa series


The Jean Michel Frank inspired sofa (or JMF, as we refer to it) is one of the most requested pieces, and with good reason, don't you think? With its' classic, clean, simple lines, it is so beautiful and elegant, and really works well in both contemporary or traditional decor.


This JMF sofa was fabricated in a Perennials outdoor fabric for a family room; the fabric is sturdy and will be perfect for the hours of use it will see. And considering it is an outdoor fabric, it's really quite nice and soft.


This JMF style sofa was fabricated in ivory silk velvet for a more traditional living room.


And finally, we just finished two JMF style sofas in red mohair for a formal living room.





September 12, 2014

Tufted Upholstered Curved Headboard


Apologies for the silence over here! We have had a very busy summer and the workshop has been very occupied. We finished a large hospitality project in early June (photos soon!) and have been playing catch up. We just jumped into another hospitality project, but I wanted to share some of the projects we finished in between.

This is a gorgeous upholstered headboard in classic French tufting. It's difficult to see, but there is a very slight curve at the sides, which really gives it a bit of a comtemporary style. The fabric the client selected is a beautiful biscuit colored velvet, which was also used on the box base. The entire bed is set very high to accommodate the clients' television storage system under the bed.


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: