October 29, 2015

Ivory Tuxedo Sofa with Wood Base

Today we're sharing another Tuxedo Sofa that we recently finished for a client in Malibu. The style is essentially the same as the grey ultra-suade piece that we shared on Tuesday, however the setting for this sofa is much more relaxed.

Our client, a Los Angeles designer, was styling a very casual Malibu home right on the beach. While they wanted to maintain a modern appearance, they also wanted the pieces to be informal and easy-going. A lightweight ivory linen was used to cover this sofa, and though it is difficult to see in the photos, it definitely has a more relaxed sophistication effect. As you can see, fabric choice can make all the difference!

October 27, 2015

Tuxedo Sofa with Wood Base

Eight of these three-seat Tuxedo style sofas were recently completed for a private reception space on the East coast. We had a very tight deadline, so the challenge was fabricating them as efficiently as possible, while keeping our high standards of workmanship and comfort.

This is a beautiful example of simple, classic modern style and our client chose a high-end elegant ultrasuede for the upholstery. The oak base was finished dark and is reminiscent of a Florence Knoll sofa base. The wood gives it a beautiful richness and luster. 

And the details. We are sticklers for the details - with a fabric like this ultrasuede, a double top stitch is the perfect finishing detail.

October 25, 2015

Gae Aulenti Locus Solus Lounge Sling Chairs

This was one of those projects where you aren't exactly sure where to start! Our client brought us these Gae Aulenti outdoor chair frames and wanted us to make new slings. And so, the research started!

Gae Aulenti (1927 - 2012) was an Italian architect, lighting, interior and industrial designer. She was known for many large-scale museum projects, including the Musee d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her style was modest and minimal, believing people should be the focus of a room.

These lounge chairs incorporate a metal frame with a swingy, freestyle sling. They are supremely comfortable.

October 22, 2015

Custom Armless Sofa

We were presented with a challenge in the making of this armless sofa; our client wanted to replicate a pieces that they previously owned. Since they no longer had the piece, and could only supply photographs, that was how we started the design.

One thing to note, when designing and fabricating a piece that is based upon another design; the piece that Classic Design makes will not be like the original. We have our own methods and fabrication process, and use materials that are sourced globally for the utmost in comfort and durability.

October 20, 2015

Restored Finn Juhl FJ-01 Easy Chairs

Finn Juhl chairs are such  beautiful pieces, with their curves and structure, like they are floating from the frames. The arm rests are gorgeous, and have a beautiful, organic shape. 

These FJ-01 Easy Chairs were made at Niels Vodder Studio in 1953 and weren't in very bad shape, aside from the faded and threadbare fabric. We reupholstered them and gave the frames a little refresh.

Our client chose a beautiful variegated Boucle fabric that is consistent with the style of material used originally. We think they turned out spectacular!

October 18, 2015

Executive Leather Covered Desk

This Executive Desk was fabricated in oak, and finished with a ebonized gloss that creates a really striking balance against the tangerine leather covered desktop and drawer faces. The drawer units were constructed to look like they are suspended, and the front and sides of the desk have a small reveal detail all around.

Our client provided the oil rubbed bronze hardware, which is gorgeous and a perfect match for the overall style of this large piece. We finished the interior of the drawers in leather, as we like to do. Just a small detail, but it really adds another level of chic.

October 15, 2015

Restored Classic Leather Sofa

This leather sofa did not need any TLC, no sir. We aren't exactly sure of the background on this old chap, but he has certainly seen better days! The leather was worn, faded and cracking, and the seat cushions were beyond salvage.

The inner suspension and bones were in just as bad shape, so we ended up completely rebuilding this sofa from the frame out, and updated the look by continuing the line of nail heads along the bottom and under the arm. The transformation is remarkable!

October 07, 2015

Custom Round Leather Ottomans

These two leather ottomans were just completed for a client in Malibu. They are a great size for the game room they will be living in (36"). 

One of the details the client requested was a double top stitched and divided panels for the top and sides.

The base was covered in leather as well, and we brought the double top stitching down through the base for continuity. Stitching details like this are gorgeous on leather pieces, even with tone-on-tone thread, like we have here. 

October 05, 2015

Jean Michel Frank style Desk

This JMF style desk is made in rift white oak with a light finish. We wrapped the desktop in leather, which softens the overall look and style. The single drawer is centered, with small reveals on either side.

We love adding a leather insert for the interior drawer bottom, with a simple line of stitching for detail. It's a classic touch, and adds another element of beauty for our client.

October 02, 2015

Custom Sornay style chairs

French industrial designer Andre Sornay (1902-2000) is considered by many to be one of the original modernists, whose style is often compared to Le Corbusier, Jean Prouve, and Charlotte Perriand. He lived and worked in Lyon, while most of his contemporaries spent their professional lives in Paris, which was then known as the epicenter of early-20th century style.

His work was characterized by geometric and simple lines. Many of the designers of that era incorporated these straight, industrial shapes and styles into their work. 

This pair of chairs is in a style of Sornay that we've made many times before, it's one of our most popular styles. For this project, the client wanted a contrast fabric to be used on the outside back panel (above), which takes the simplicity of the chair up a notch. 

A detail of the beautiful walnut finish is shown below. 

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