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Publication Date: 2014-03-13

Design Insights

Before and After: Leather Settees

One of my favourite aspects of the design business is having the chance to custom design furniture. It's a fairly regular occurrence here at the office as there always seems to be that *one* piece that we can never seem to find in the market place. Sometimes it's all about requiring a custom size. Or a very specific detail. And sometimes it's just about needing something completely bespoke to really complete a project. That's the story with these dandy leather settees. The space was going to be minimally furnished - as it's in the vestibule in a larger building - so the pieces used really needed to stand on their own - and make an impact.


So . . . we go to pen and paper. And then finalize the details with CAD drawings.

We actually based these settees on one that I had custom designed for my own home several years ago. I loved the shape and exposed leg detail - and the generous tufting and miles of nailhead really made the piece 'sing.'

So we tweaked the specs to make a perfect fit in this new project.

And then REALLY 'swung for the fences' by using a cherry red leather for the upholstery. The finish on the leather photographed much 'glossier' than it actually is in person. But, regardless - the settees have some serious 'presence.'

And here they are . . . in place. Simple slate floors. Masses of custom woodwork. And the two flanking bespoke leather settees with custom tartan pillows.




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