Furniture 4 Generations: A Family of Craftsmen Since the 1930s
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written by Melissa Wolck
One of the most fulfilling aspects of working with decorative home fabrics is witnessing the beautiful end results of projects completed by our talented interior designers, sewists and upholsterers. I am continuously amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship that is shared with us daily, whether it be gorgeous draperies, an impressive slipcover or set of antique wingback chairs. When fabric arrives at Greenhouse, it’s rolled face-in on a 50 yard bolt or shown in a small sample. So, seeing our fabrics made up is very exciting. I love sharing our customer work with you on our Facebook and Instagram and having guest bloggers give advice and inspiration on our Greenhouse Blog.
Recently, I came across the work of our customer, Kurt Westerfield, owner of Furniture 4 Generations, in Vancouver, WA. His upholstery skills are impeccable. Similar to Greenhouse Fabrics, his family has been in the upholstery business for four generations! Kurt says he learned the craft in his father’s shop. “To this day I use the best practices when upholstering a piece of furniture and sometimes that means utilizing the old ways handed down to me,” like hand tying springs and horsehair padding. Take a look at this beautiful curved front antique sofa with 8 way hand-tied seat and back springs that Kurt rebuilt for one of his customers. Click on the link below the image to watch Kurt's video.
One of my favorite pieces that Kurt has reupholstered in Greenhouse Fabrics is this stunning mid-century sectional with built in corner table. It is nothing short of impressive. Kurt’s knowledge and experience with furniture and fabric allowed him to guide his customer “in the right direction to complement the style and era without controlling…personal choices and detailing touches.” The craftsmanship and skill he has displayed on this sectional is ever apparent.
Kurt is getting ready to launch his own mid-century modern inspired collection, Retroland Furniture. His pieces recreate the futuristic design of mid 1950’s furniture, featuring clean lines and minimal ornamentation. I’ll be on the look-out for that. Below is one of Kurt's sofa designs from Series 1955.
Please keep sharing photos of your work! It is wonderful inspiration for us and for your peers and prospective customers. It makes it so much easier to visualize what a particular fabric weave or pattern is going to look like when we can see a finished project. To get inspired by your peers, follow Greenhouse Fabrics on Facebook and Instagram. Tag us in your images, and use #greenhousefabrics to share your work.