15 November, 2011

A Question of Quality – Construction

By Emily Anderson, Allied Member ASID
This week we are focusing on the key elements of quality furniture and I'm starting the week off with construction.
There is a lot to know and understand about furniture construction. I can throw out words like eight-way hand tied, solid hardwood frame, motise and tenon joinery, sustainable materials, spring down cushions, hand carving and hand rubbed finishes. And I could find novels with detailed descriptions explaining how artisans create high-end furniture. No doubt it is all very interesting and worthwhile, but what I want to emphasis today is that working with an experienced, professional interior designer can take the guesswork out of the equation. We are experts at selecting furniture that suits your needs, style and budget as well as the character of your home.
Designers should have long-standing trusted relationships with manufacturers that superceeds a sales pitch.  All furniture manufacturers make claims about quality, but it is through experience that the words begin to ring true (or false). A sofa can be upholstered in the finest fabric but if the inner-workings of the piece are inferior, you will end up disappointed. Working with trusted showrooms and manufacturers, combined with years of experience, LiLu can help you avoid furniture pitfalls and regret.
Some of our go-to manufacturers for quality furniture:
[caption id="attachment_9785" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Baker Knapp & Tubbs"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9786" align="aligncenter" width="214" caption="Powell & Bonnell"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9789" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Bright Chair"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9790" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A. Rudin"][/caption]
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Dovetail joint on a Ralph Lauren dresser from the Francis King showroom. The interior of the drawer is as beautifully finished as the rest of the piece.

Leaf media cabinet by Keno Bros. through Duxbury, Ltd.

The interior is well designed and as lovely as the exterior, making it a pleasure to open.

Check in tomorrow to learn about the world of custom finishes.