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.

April 10, 2014

Bolster back velvet sofa with lucite legs


Just finished in the workroom - two matching sofas with low arms and bolster back pillows. The fabric is amazingly lush - sand colored silk velvet by Glant.


The client requested a very deep sofa that could also double as a bed, if necessary. Only sweet dreams can happen here!

The sofa has the very cool illusion of floating, thanks to the recessed lucite sled legs - they are almost too gorgeous to hide!


April 02, 2014

Royere Week: Jean Royere-inspired Polar Bear Sofa


Yes, it's Royere week! This is the Classic Design version of Shark Week. This is another piece we recently finished - also inspired by the Polar Bear style - and better known internationally as 'Ours Polaire'.



The sofa version has the same rounded shape as the chairs, and incredible comfort as well. This sofa is for a different client, and she opted to go with white oak cerused feet, which contrasts nicely with the teal velvet. Another version of this sofa can be found here.


March 31, 2014

Jean Royere [inspired] Polar Bear Chairs


We just finished these two armchairs, based on a design by Jean Royere called the Polar Bear chair. His furniture and lighting pieces were designed and made in the 1940's & 1950's, and it is quite hard to find original pieces. When you do, they are priced very high, as you can imagine.

Jean Royere lived from 1902 - 1981, and coming from a distinguished French family, went into banking after studying in Cambridge. At age 29, in 1931, he quit banking and became an interior designer. Royere was influenced by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, but found his own way somewhere between modernism and a little traditionalism.


The Polar Bear chair is generously proportioned, with a rounded silhouette and low back. The legs are rounded as well, and fabricated in natural walnut. The forest velvet, chosen by our client, is perfect.



If you are interested in more of Jean Royere's work, this book is amazing. It's in French, but it is filled with photos and illustrations of his work.


March 12, 2014

Custom Game Table!


Excuse the exclamation point! This game table shipped out last week and we were thrilled with the way it turned out. The drawer case & lower frame are fabricated in white oak, with black metal hardware on the base. The drawers are mitered for a very clean, uniform look.


A little push mechanism under the drawer pushes the game board up so it can be flipped over...


...to expose a leather covered surface that can be used as a writing surface.


The game boards are made of maple, walnut and chestnut. It's a remarkable piece and we hope the client loves it.

March 10, 2014

Classic Design sighting: American Trade Hotel, Panama

image via American Trade Hotel Panama

This is a project we worked on late last summer (seems so long ago now!) - Classic Design fabricated the back banquette cushions for recently renovated American Trade Hotel in Panama (part of the Ace Hotel chain).

image via American Trade Hotel Panama

This was a little complicated in that, as you can see, the back cushions are hanging from a rail. All the cushions have to be hanging in the same place; we fabricated the leather lacing and leather tabs, making sure every cushion would align properly. It's difficult to see in the photos, but the cushions are not flat; the lower 8" of each cushion has a built in lumbar roll. Here's our little mock up below - the ends of each leather rope is finished in a 'noose' tie.



There are some beautiful photos of the completed hotel project, as well as the story behind the restoration here, here, and here.