Decorating & Design

September 23, 2010

Bespoke Furniture

Ever wonder how a piece of custom furniture becomes transformed from a fabric swatch and drawing into a stunning chair in your living room? Well, I witnessed the whole process yesterday at the Kravet Chair Building Event.

Photo Blog September 23 Custom Armchair Kravet Event

Photo Blog September 23 Custom Armchair Kravet

Brian Donavon, Kravet Toronto showroom owner, and Susan Lorenz of Kravet hosted the event.

I always knew Kravet made gorgeous, high-quality fabrics, so I should have known they were just as serious about the furniture they manufacture.

Starting with a solid wood frame and moving to seat construction, padding and upholstery (including beautiful bias welting), Donavon and his team educated a number of enthusiasts at Designer Walk here in Toronto.

I was really impressed! Each piece is bench-made (in other words, made by the same team from start to finish) with the best quality materials and workmanship. It was an awesome learning experience. Who knew the amount of detail that goes into building a piece of upholstered furniture?

Photo Blog September 23 Custom Armchair Kravet

Here, Steve is putting the finishing touches on the chair.

Photo Blog September 23 Custom Armchair Kravet

And the final product! The Pelham Chair in a taupe chevron stripe… I love this chair! And the best part — someone got to take the chair home! One lucky attendee won the chair. I just wish it had been me!

For more useful upholstering tips, view our DIY Fabric-Wrapped Headboard Online TV segment.

Photo credits:
1-4. Joel Bray