Recently we’ve been dabbling more and more with custom furniture in our interior design projects. There can be be many reasons to go custom, but mostly I love it for its unlimited options. With the right artisans I can create a piece that is just the right size, just the right finish and just the right function for my clients. I’m not limited by a manufacturer’s specifications, lead time or price. I’ve been really happy with the results so far and look forward to creating more custom furniture in the future (and hopefully in my own home!)
Here are a few of my recent favorite pieces we have had built…
Earlier this summer we teamed up with Chairloom to create a custom bench for our clients’ upper hallway. We wanted a piece to anchor a family photo wall. We designed a double X-bench base that was finished in a distressed gold. The upholstered top is a gorgeous ikat by Jim Thompson. This whole house is a study in mostly neutrals and its really stunning. I can’t wait to photograph it properly and show it off!
Christiana Cabinetry built this custom credenza for a client’s family room. This sits on a long wall that has a television and a “window’ into th kitchen. We designed a long piece that could span the whole space and make a statement. It serves as a TV stand, a storage unit and a display piece all in one. The weathered wood is really chic, but my favorite elements are the brushed bronze legs and ring pulls.
Recently we teamed up with Coldren Design for the design and fabrication of an etagere for our Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad. I had a specific vision for this piece and was able to work closely with furniture maker, George Coldren to see it transform into a reality. I decided on a brushed gold frame to contrast against the solid wood back. This bookshelf is going against a black wall (see floor plan here) so I really wanted it to pop. The glass shelves and open sides help it feel light. My hope is once it is styled, items will feel like they are floating on the piece. In the image above the etagere is sitting in my living room, but for the One Room Challenge on Wednesday we will show how it looks in my client’s space.
And for those of you who are curious as to how a pile of this 1″ square steel tube stock…
Can turn into this fabulous etagere…
Well you are in luck because here is a quickie progression:
First, 1″ tube stock is cut to length and welded into the etagere frame.
The frame receives several coats of finish to achieve the brushed gold finish.
Here it is after the first coat.
The solid maple back is glued, sanded and the staining process begins.
I love the way the stain takes to the wood. The grain really pops in certain areas and looks just the right amount exotic.
The glass is cut, the piece is assembled and just like that, a custom etagere is born!
(Thanks to George Coldren for sharing the progression pics.)