There’s a new book out called The Inspired Home, by Karen Lehrman Bloch which I am proud to say, I shot the cover for. This is one of my favorite photos because it was taken in Bali, one of my favorite destinations and home of French designer, Jerome Abel Seguin. Even though it’s not my design, I am thrilled to see my photograph on the cover. Now, that’s my uplifting surprise for the day.
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“I have always loved the ribbon chair for its fluid qualities. To me, it has a great sense of humor. It almost looks like a smiling face.”
Word to the wise, change is inevitable so just embrace it! In regards to my work, I adapt to change in various ways. I adjust my outlook on the industry as it shifts seasonally and I’m more open to exploring new ideas. Every time I need to “change” the look of a piece of furniture, I make sure I have my fast, effective, and talented upholster Pete on speed dial.
I have been using Pete for the past 28 years to handle all of my upholstery needs and his incredible work can be a highlight to any room.
An upholsterer gives you more room to create original custom designed furniture rather than being limited to the common route of simply walking into a showroom, or a local retailer to fulfill ones upholstery needs.
When you work with a top quality workroom like Pete’s, you are able to customize any design prior to fabrication; altering the proportions of a specific piece or modifying details to fit the specific needs of various clients.
Factoring in a client’s height when producing a sofa, for example, creating a slightly less deep sofa for shorter clients and adding a little more depth to a sofa for taller clients will create a custom piece of furniture tailored to their needs.
It’s getting hard to find a shop where things are done by hand and where natural materials are used. From horse hair, down fillings, high-end frames, hand tied springs or maintaining the integrity of not using staple guns, these are all key elements when considering custom sofas. So, it’s very important to work with a company who understands high quality craftsmanship.
You may not know this initially when you look at a custom made sofa, but once you sit on it and it has been around in your home for a number of years, the difference starts to show up with wear and tear.
I have a custom sofa at my beach house for almost 30 years and it still sit luxuriously and looks brand new. When a client questions getting a higher price custom sofa, I explain why paying extra is worth it for the life expectancy.
I explain this information in the most fundamental way so it makes sense to a client's objective. Most of the time, customization is something that they may have not considered if left to their own devices. So I use an analogy for comparison sake that most everyone can relate to, like buying clothing.
I tell them, doesn't it make sense to purchase a custom piece of furniture that can last for over 15 years as oppose to buying a dress or pants that will last only a season? After a client gives thought to that, I rest assured that I’ve made a persuasive point and can now move on to the next phase of a project.
Vicente Wolf with upholstery Expert, Peter J of Peter J Upholstery Co Inc.
What’s the difference between inexpensive frames and the frames you create? The difference between frames used at peter j upholstery co inc. and a major retailer are many - our frames are made out of maple and the frames are 1 3/8" stock versus 3/4"stock from retailers,and in some cases thicker that 1 3/8" depending on the custom shape of the frame, our frames are all dowled and glued versus frames put together with nail guns.
What different fillings you can use when creating a sofa? The different fillings that peter j upholstery co inc. uses are - my furniture is double stuffed and that consists of coil springs - hand tied, layer of hair on top, burlap ,another layer of hair and in some cases we will use a down pad or go right into muslin, all hand tacked. Some retailers will use zigzag springs, sheet of foam and dacron and go on to the muslin if they use muslin.
What is the purpose of welts? Is it to cover mistakes? Welts are usually requested by the decorator for appearance and that is the purpose.
What is the objective for using welts to reinforce seams of cushions? The object of welts is again-- appearance, there are small welts, medium, large and also jumbo welts. It all depends on what the decorator wants to create.
With over 40 years experience in the upholstery line, Peter’s natural ability to create and customize furniture to the different specifications given to him by decorators enables him to continually transform his decorators dreams into reality.
Peter J Upholstery Co Inc., Deer Park, New York
The summer theater season is fast approaching, and I am trying my best to catch up on Broadway’s recent releases before summer officially begins. One of my top picks is Matilda, winner of seven Olivier Awards including best musical, in which an unloved child is sent to a horrific school run by a Nazi like headmistress played by Bertie Carvel.
The production, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, features an alluring cast of kids between the ages of 9 and 14 who are as talented as they come and very convincing in their roles. They sing, dance and inspire us all to take a stand and change our destiny. It was well performed and kept my attention throughout, making it a great must see for kids and out of towners looking for a comical yet compassionate story. My serving of theater was fulfilled although Kinky Boots is still my favorite.
“BIG KNIFE” ON BROADWAY
Last night, I decided to see “Big Knife” by Clifford Odeft. This epic feeling show takes place in 1948 which was considered the golden age of the Hollywood cinema. It’s about a Hollywood studio that not only produced big hits, but also ran the lives of their box office leading stars by keeping heavy hands on their property and enforcing the perception that the studio holds all the power. This musical is sure to be a winner since it has all the elements conductive to succeed.
Set designed by John Lee Beatty, who also did the set for “Other Desert Cities”, and the equally talented leading actor Bobby Cannavale is a must-see! Can you say Lights! Camera! Award!
When I was in Turkey I visited a local craftsman who I deal with frequently. Together we worked on a new design of lanterns with an aged copper finished that are available in three sizes. It works great outdoors or indoors with candles or with a light bulb inside, freestanding or hanging. These amazing lanterns are now available at VW Home Showroom (www.vw-home.com).
Last night, I went to a Target event celebrating the Threshold Collection in which they constructed a life-size dollhouse in Grand Central's Vanderbilt hall in New York City. The seven-room dollhouse has between 3,500 and 4,000 products on display in the house, everything from towels to lamps to throw pillows as well as patio and lawn furniture. This presentation was very interesting, creative and an impressive way to check out Target’s products in a true-to-home setting. I think that the products could have been more innovative instead of the typical designs we are accustomed to seeing. The saving grace was the low prices and the availability to the general public.