C A Atelier

C A Atelier

Brazilian-born furniture designer Carlos Queiroz introduced himself to US audiences in the mid 1980s by crafting pieces for interior designers such as Juan Montoya. In his youth, Queiroz apprenticed to several woodworking craftsmen in Portugal, Germany and Switzerland. Today, his Richmond Hill, NY, company, C A Atelier, manufactures contemporary furniture that is made to order and can be fully customized. The designs are on display at Protomaster, the showroom next door to the factory, along with pieces by fellow designers including Tim Walker and Jiun Ho. Proto-master’s products are also sold through showrooms across the country.

  • I love fabrics from Galbraith & Paul. They specialize in hand-blocking their fabrics made from wooden stamps.

  • I love custom tables by Atelier Viollet. They specialize in using exotic materials and rare woods like shagreen, parchment, horn, marquetry, wenge, ebony, mahogany, and fine veneers.

  • I like the artful, custom-screened aspect of this beautiful wallpaper

  • Denise Tuite Custom Furnishings has a wide selection of styles and all custom finishes.

  • My favorite place to shop while in New York City is Elizabeth Eakins. They have wonderful cotton and wool rugs in various weaves.

  • Dessin Fournir makes some of the best tables around.

  • I love Blanchefield lighting because you can custom design your lights like the one shown here.

  • After you've worked with Doris Leslie Blau, there's no turning back. They carry antique rugs and furniture, and also do custom rugs.

  • For over 60 years Stark Carpet has been specializing in custom designed carpet, furniture and wallcovering for both the residential and contract market. Their style ranges from traditional to contemporary.

  • It may sound like characters from the latest action-adventure film, but we’re actually talking about the staff of the Hokanson custom carpet factory in Waterloo, Canada. Founded in 1992, it is one of only two privately-owned, maj... It may sound like characters from the latest action-adventure film, but we’re actually talking about the staff of the Hokanson custom carpet factory in Waterloo, Canada. Founded in 1992, it is one of only two privately-owned, major factories in North America devoted solely to manufacturing custom rugs and carpets. It is owned by Texas-based Larry Hokanson and managed by Maureen Catherwood. Together, they insure the very best in quality, production time and shipping. With the factory being in North America, staff and clients are always welcome to visit to experience the custom rug industry. Highly trained craftspeople bring their exceptional skills and knowledge to this 27,000 square foot world class facility. There is an on-site dye house and dye master with an exacting eye to provide expert color matching. State-of-the-art technology allows the marking department to take color renderings for each rug and superimpose the full scale design to the cotton backing. Hokanson’s hand tufters, or “gunners”, skillfully hand gun row after row of silk and wool yarn to create the rugs. They go through an extensive apprenticeship program and after 7 years become master tufters creating breathtaking works of art. The final step in creating a Hokanson rug involves the finishers. They meticulously hand-shear, clip and at times carve the rug for a look of perfection. Hokanson’s factory employees come from all over the world, and have helped develop cutting-edge techniques in the hand tufted industry. Hokanson has built their quality process on each individual employee taking personal interest and pride in every rug and carpet they create. The work ethic of this team, and the dedicated sales staff and artists in their showrooms across the United States, ensures the continued excellence and lasting beauty of all Hokanson rugs and carpets.

  • Britain’s Albioncourt digitally customizes any of the 14 lampshade styles in its collection, whether a classic tapered coolie (Empire or fez), cube with rounded edges, or a shallow tube. For the highest quality production, the c... Britain’s Albioncourt digitally customizes any of the 14 lampshade styles in its collection, whether a classic tapered coolie (Empire or fez), cube with rounded edges, or a shallow tube. For the highest quality production, the company’s website gives clear instructions for customers who supply their own photography. Households without a budding Ansel Adams can choose from Albioncourt’s small archive of original images such as landscapes, flora, food and other subjects.

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  • Return to native Australian works at the studio of Schamburg + Alvisse. The duo’s work, like the trim Stretch Series spun-fiberglass stools, could be mistaken for Italian design. It is also New York high-concept, as seen in the in... Return to native Australian works at the studio of Schamburg + Alvisse. The duo’s work, like the trim Stretch Series spun-fiberglass stools, could be mistaken for Italian design. It is also New York high-concept, as seen in the interactive, linked-tetrahedron modular sofa that the firm launched in 2005. But the furniture is all made in Australia. The same goes at more mainstream Schiavello, which manufactures its entire inventory on shore to the tune of a recent $40 million facilities upgrade.

  • A visit to the Ball and Ball showroom in Exton, PA is like a visit to a house museum. Before 1700, Ball family members fabricated armor for the British crown; the current company, founded in 1932, specializes in hand-forged metal... A visit to the Ball and Ball showroom in Exton, PA is like a visit to a house museum. Before 1700, Ball family members fabricated armor for the British crown; the current company, founded in 1932, specializes in hand-forged metalwork for the period home. Using 18th-century techniques, Ball and Ball turns out brass and iron chandeliers, tin sconces, copper lanterns, adjustable candle stands and more. Some designs are careful reproductions; others the company owns. (Custom work welcome.)

  • Legendary designer Billy Baldwin designed one retail line of timeless upholstered furniture and tables during his career, the rights to which now belong to Ventry, a custom-furniture shop in Locust, NJ. Both the Baldwin line and t... Legendary designer Billy Baldwin designed one retail line of timeless upholstered furniture and tables during his career, the rights to which now belong to Ventry, a custom-furniture shop in Locust, NJ. Both the Baldwin line and the others carried by Ventry are made to order. "We are a fully custom shop," says owner Susan Dempsey. "If it can be done, we will do it." Ventry’s products are sold through showrooms across the US and through the company website.

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  • Credited with popularizing eclectic design in New York in the mid 1980s, interior designers Stephen Sills and James Huniford are known for successfully blending classic and contemporary styles. The partners’ design sensibilities a... Credited with popularizing eclectic design in New York in the mid 1980s, interior designers Stephen Sills and James Huniford are known for successfully blending classic and contemporary styles. The partners’ design sensibilities are reflected in the furniture collection, Dwellings, which debuted this year. Its 30 pieces are familiar in form but refreshingly novel. All pieces can be completely customized. Sills-Huniford furniture is sold though the Dwellings showroom and website.

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  • Interior designer Barclay Butera has been designing furniture for over 15 years. His eponymous store, which he opened in 1993, offers classically designed upholstered pieces that can be completely customized. Butera offers about 1... Interior designer Barclay Butera has been designing furniture for over 15 years. His eponymous store, which he opened in 1993, offers classically designed upholstered pieces that can be completely customized. Butera offers about 100 frames and 300 fabrics and also accepts customers’ own material. All products are hand-made in-house and available through his three showrooms and at 300 retailers across the country.

  • Sixteen years ago, Maine Cottage founders Peter and Carol Bass sensed a need in the marketplace for colorful well-made furniture. "Peter and Carol saw brightly painted furniture in magazines and figured out that those pieces were ... Sixteen years ago, Maine Cottage founders Peter and Carol Bass sensed a need in the marketplace for colorful well-made furniture. "Peter and Carol saw brightly painted furniture in magazines and figured out that those pieces were found objects painted for the photo shoots," says David Petersen, Maine Cottage’s VP and general manager. "There was no place to buy the pieces, so they set out to manufacture real furniture with simple architectural lines in fun colors." The Yarmouth, ME, company offers complete customization of its wooden pieces and 40 paint colors; they will also work with custom colors. All dimensions can be changed, and wooden accent pieces and knobs can be interchanged. Limited customization of colors and fabrics is available for their upholstered and wicker furniture. Maine Cottage furniture is sold through showrooms across the country.

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  • A part-time teacher of design and metal fabrication at New York City’s Parsons School of Design, Peter Mann spends most of his time creating furniture in his Jersey City, NJ, studio. Having worked with metal professionally since h... A part-time teacher of design and metal fabrication at New York City’s Parsons School of Design, Peter Mann spends most of his time creating furniture in his Jersey City, NJ, studio. Having worked with metal professionally since he was 16, Mann enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design at the age of 30. Ten years ago, armed with a degree in industrial design, he launched his own line of furniture, most of it melding metal and wood. The pieces have sleek, contemporary lines, and Mann also incorporates leather into many of his designs. All of his furniture is made to order and is available in custom sizes and materials.

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  • Interior designer Kerry Joyce is one of Hollywood’s favorite designers. Based in Los Angeles, Joyce trained in theater design at New York University and even won an Emmy before he settled into residential design. In 2003, he intro... Interior designer Kerry Joyce is one of Hollywood’s favorite designers. Based in Los Angeles, Joyce trained in theater design at New York University and even won an Emmy before he settled into residential design. In 2003, he introduced a line of furniture for the venerable Plainville, KS-based furniture manufacturer Dessin Fournir. It consists of 50 classic pieces with modern lines that can often be fully customized, depending on the piece. Joyce’s product is sold though showrooms across the US. Trade only.

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