Monday, May 17, 2010

A Kravet Experience

Last week, I had the opportunity to watch an upholstered chair be made from the frame up. The Kravet Showroom in the Arlington Design Center offered a fascinating seminar hosted by Susan Lorenz, the Vice President of Sales-Furniture and Showrooms, accompanied by a Master Upholsterer from the furniture factory in S. Carolina.

The chair was the Pelham model from their Studio Collection and was covered in a wonderful camel colored chevron from their Smart Collection. We seldom realize how much handwork goes into a quality piece of furniture. There are layers and layers of cotton-like material batting, quality high-density foam, metal strapping, the all-important 8-way tied springs, and down/feather/material filler in the loose cushions. The frame was incredibly sturdy-no wobbling or twisting. The legs were constructed as a part of the frame, ensuring no loose legs. In fact, the legs are so integral that should one be snapped off in shipping, the chair would have to be completely re-constructed. I can honestly say that a chair of this caliber would last indefinitely! The retail on this chair was $2000.00. A lot, I know, but when you consider the quality, longevity and style endurance, it was a bargain! And, I am proud to say, completely made in America. The style and fabric are both timeless and enduring.

The charming folks at Kravet served us a delicious lunch as well. Best of all, the actual chair was raffled off at the end of the presentation. I'm sorry to say I did not win, but my good friend, Tammy did! Nobody deserved it more!

If you are interested in more information about Kravet furniture, please feel free to ask.

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