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?

July 29, 2015

Before & After: Vintage Florence Knoll sofa

We recently finished restoring a rare, early production Florence Knoll sofa for a client. This is a before photo:

It's a little different from the later models in that the arms are set outside of the metal base frame. Here's what we did:

It's always such a pleasure to breathe new life into an older piece, especially one as classic as this! 

July 28, 2015

Joseph Dirand's Paris Apartment tour

You have to see this beautifullly minimalistic flat in Paris, owned by architect Joseph Dirand. It's nothing short of gorgeous - from the Jeanneret slipper chairs & sofa in the living room to the Pouvre side chairs in the kitchen. It's light and bright, and pretty much perfection.


July 23, 2015

From the archives: Pierre Jeanneret inspired Desk

This is a bit of a Throwback Thursday post! I was going through some of the thousands of images I have of previous projects, and this one always stops me in my tracks. We made this desk for a client a few years ago. It was inspired by a piece designed by the late, great Pierre Jeanneret, who collaborated a great deal with his cousin, Charles Edouard Jenneret (aka Le Corbusier).

This was a truly incredible piece; solid wood with a asymmetrical tapered front leg on one side, and a single drawer above an open compartment.

The back side features open compartments arranged as open shelves. I did a little research, and apparently these pieces were originally made for a student center in Chandigarh, India (crazy to think about these incredible pieces used by students!).

The client had an existing original chair that was refinished to match the desk.

 Together, they make a beautiful pair.

July 22, 2015

Ico Parisi inspired banquette sofa

Ico & Luisa Parisi designed a truly beautiful banquette sofa for the Hotel Lorena, Italy circa 1960. It is a very unique sofa, with a partially exposed frame and a tight seat & tight back.

Our interpretation, for a client, was recently finished and installed. The fabric they selected was perfect for this style - a little nubby with a beautiful texture and hand.

The exposed frame in the back is a gorgeous detail, but it doesn't stop there. The detail on the turned post legs and the connecting bars is a captivating aesthetic aspect. 

Details like this are complicated and often challenging, and there are always many drawings involved before we are satisfied enough to move forward into fabrication. 

The dark finish adds such a warm richness against the light fabric. We are so happy with the way this turned out and hope our client does as well.