This week we started making my couch!!! I’m am so excited to finally see it! Unfortunately I won’t be able to upholster it in leather for the show because it would be extremely expensive (around $5,000-10,000 extra), so I am just upholstering it in a linen-type fabric and draping a black shearling hide over the couch.
Additionally, I googled thousands of pictures of the texture of metals, (below I attached the pictures), to start getting ahead on graphics/advertising/business cards, etc. Massimo and I are going back and fourth sending each other different ad ideas as well as business card designs. So far, we have established that we want square, thick cards. It’s a bit more expensive, but the idea is to make them so beautiful and important looking that people won’t want to throw them out.
Massimo also sent me his new drafts of the chair, and they are perfect. We are still playing with dimensions a little, but the first thing I said when I saw the draft was “that looks like my chair!!!” My mom’s drafter, Ernie, didn’t seem to grasp my idea/designs, which was completely fine because Massimo was brought into the picture by Andrew. Below please also find a picture of the chair draft.
I am beginning to think about how I want to present myself and my furniture during presentation night-the behind the scenes work that I will display to show people how much work really went into this. Right now one of my ideas is to lay everything out on the long table in the senior building library (my presentation space). I think I am going to put one of the sample leather boxes out so people can touch/feel the overwhelming anxiety of picking a leather for them to sit on! As of right now… I personally haven’t even really looked at it, there’s so many different colors and textures-completely overwhelming. Another thing I want to put out, which is sort of a given, is my process book. I really love my process book and will treasure it forever because it’s enormously thick, and filled with my entire process, (ironic, probably not). The other day I was on the phone with Massimo talking about the need for a company story, while pasting some stuff into the book and I realized this book is my story, all down to the first shipping label with my company name on it. I think the concept of a process book is often overlooked because inside your own head, you feel like you know everything already, however, I found that to be far from the truth when I look back and see how much love and devotion each stage of that book reminds me of. Overall to say the least, it is one of my newest most pride possessions.
A few days I started to ask myself, “Is this really what I want to do in life?” I got nervous and scared because I didn’t feel as involved and knowledgable about my company as I originally thought I did, but that all quickly changed once I saw Massimo’s drawing; it completely brought me back, and I was reminded how much I love furniture design and how excited I am to see where it takes me. I’m not concerned with “getting rich!” the idea is nice, but furniture is my calling. I’m in this because this is what truly makes me happy, and I’m willing to take the biggest risk I’ve ever taken for it. The term “workaholic” is often considered to be negative, however, I finally understand what it feels like; I live and breath for what I do- it’s all I think about all day long. The reward of creating something beautiful that people want to buy and live with, is unfathomable.
These are the metal textures that I mentioned previously: