Sim and I are on the West Coast now, checking out LA and SF's design and furniture world! It's been an exciting trip, although (non-disclosure) we did spend half our time on this trip working and communicating with our NY team! Such is a life of a small business owner...So what does the MOD folks do in CA?
Sat 2/23: We arrived in LA late Saturday late and checked into Mr. C. Beverely Hills. Unbeknownst to us, the 2013 Oscar Pre-Party was at our hotel, so we met some really cool people that night!
Sun 2/24: Decided to explore the city. We hung out at Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Blvd, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive & of course Hollywood. The weather was insanely beautiful - 78 degrees and blue skies! Coming from 15 degrees and cloudy in NY, this was a treat. No wonder why everyone is LA is so relaxed...
Monday 2/25: We checked out loads of upholstery shops in LA. We wanted to get a feel for LA's market and how people in sunny Cali do what we do. We learnt a lot that day:
LA is saturated with mom-and-pop upholstery shops. No kidding, there must have been at least 1 upholstery shop on every retail block! We noticed that most of them were traditional upholstery shops, working on wing chairs, Chesterfields, skirted sofas and the like. And... all of them were run by people in their 50's (or older), with walk-ins who were definitely over 40. We stuck out like a soar thumb!
We had dinner at BOA, sat next to Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers, and managed to get our car locked in the parking lot (who closes at 10 pm)?
Tuesday 2/26: Woke up, took a taxi back to Santa Monica to get our car, and went about our day. We visited Hume Modern, the absolute go-to place for replacement Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman parts. We visited several design firms, more upholstery companies, furniture stores, then headed to the airport for San Francisco.
We stepped out of the airplane and saw Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs all over the airport. This was probably the single most exciting part of our trip!
Wednesday 2/27: We devoted yesterday to the San Francisco area. Wow, what a contrast to LA. There are less than half as many upholstery companies here as there are in LA, and reupholstery prices here are literally double than LA prices. We were curious to know who the "mid-century expert" is, so we walked into DWR and asked. They told us the only guy around is Mike Boloyan from Hye Quality, whom Knoll themselves use. Wow!
Thursday 2/27: Today we checked out the Oakland - Berkeley area. We visited Kay Chesterfield (an almost 100-year-old old school upholstery company, Malik Gallery (a client), Klassik Living (an awesome vintage Danish furniture store), and some other design shops in this city. Since we were in the area, we decided to stop by Mike Boloyan's shop to say hello, but his shop address was a cute little home. We couldn't excactly show up unannounced :) I did a little research on this guy, and apparently he's a one-man operation and has a lead time of 6 months!
Friday 2/28: Our plan for tomorrow is to check out the design/upholstery scene in the Palo Alto - Penninsula area, and visit some of our tech friends in Silicon Valley. Should be exciting!
Saturday 2/29: Will be our last day in SF, so we'll do some touristy stuff like Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, San Francisco's MOMA and then back to the airport.
The bottom line learnings from our trip? California needs MOD! read more »
It's several days after Hurricane Sandy. Many of our clients have been asking us over the last couple days if we got flooded, or what what we're doing without electricity at our shop! Good question.
Our office staff are all working remotely until the power gets restored. Our upholsterers are at our studio, doing all the things that don't require electric! Luckily, we have huge windows that overlook the water so we are getting plenty of natural sunlight - well, at least when the clouds don't cover the sun :)
Our main upholstery cutter is spending the day tufting a sofa panel. The Operator behind him (person who sews) can't do his job without a sewing machine, so he is helping by stripping & prepping furniture that will soon be reupholstered. Team effort!
One of our upholsterers is re-webbing the seat deck of this chair, which involves a lot of hand-work.
Upholsterers fixing wood frames and prepping furniture for reupholstery. None of the actual reupholstery will get done until the electricity is restored, since it requires staple guns, nail guns, compressors and all.
As the afternoon goes on, the clouds are coming and the sun is diminishing. This is what it looks like when upholsterers are hard at work, even in the dark!
MOD is located 5 steps away from the water, so we were prepared for the worst. What we did to prepare for Hurricane Sandy:
On Sunday 10/28, Sim went to the studio and moved all our client's furniture pieces as far away as possible from our massive waterfront windows. He covered every piece of furniture in blankets and plastic to prevent any possible water damage. read more »
For the next 5 days, you can buy the most iconic mid-century pieces that MOD reupholstered in "fab"ulous fabrics! The sale includes furniture designed by George Nelson, Mourgue Olivier Djinn, Eames, Knoll, Saarinen, Lane, Johan Tapp and Scandinavian-Danish designers! Check out the sale on Fab.comread more »
As a reupholstery company, we've seen and reupholstered the most incredible mid-century designer pieces of all time. Being that we love mid-century design, we decided to start collecting them, and we're finally ready to start showcasing the pieces we recently reupholstered!
Take a look at our first set of furniture that we'll be showcasing this month for sale.
This is an original Herman Miller Classic 3-seater sofa model #0693 from the late 1950's. We reupholstered it in Maharam Tonica 171 and the outside arms and tufted buttons are in brown leather for an uber-chic contrast.
Brown Leather Arms & Buttons
This is an original Saarinen Womb Chair from the 1950's. We reupholstered the frame and one side of cushions in Maharam's Perla 2 #186. To spice it up a beat, we reupholstered the back side of the cushions in Knoll's Classic Boucle in color chartreuse. And check this out - the cushions are reversible so you can change the look when you're in the mood to go bold!
Close Up View of Reverse Side Of Cushion
Womb Chair Side
These are original Saarinen Executive Chairs For Knoll from the 1960's. We are selling them as a set of 2 or 4. We reupholstered the chair seats and inside backs in Maharam's Tonus 100 and the outside back in a hair-on-cowhide! They are absolutely fantastic, and definitely a statement piece!
Set of 4 Saarinen Executive Chairs For Knoll
These are the cutest stools ever. We call them the MOD Stools. We sourced black and white bases and made custom upholstered seats in mid-century fabrics, designed by the one-and-only Charles & Ray Eames themselves! The stools with black bases are upholstered in Maharam's Circles Document and the stools in white bases are upholstered in Maharam's Crosspatch Document. These are being sold as a set of 2 or 4.
Our mid-century inspired stools, reupholstered in Eames Circles (left) and Eames Crosspatch (right)
We have lots of more amazing pieces that we will slowly roll out, so keep an eye out for our latest furniture pieces for sale at the Brooklyn Flea and our soon-to-be online furniture store! And if you have a mid-century piece that needs a makeover, let us reupholster it! It's our specialty :) read more »
We absolutely love mid-century furniture (in case you havent already noticed!) so we decided to make amazingly cute stools in the iconic Eames fabric, Crosspatch and Circles, carried by modtextiles.com!
We chose to do 2 sets of four, the Eames Crosspatch in a white base and the Eames Circles in a black base:
We will be debuting these, along with amazing other mid-century furniture pieces AND designer fabric remnants this weekend, at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg!
Come stop by MOD's booth at the flea this Sunday, located on North 7th and the water!