Picking up where we left off last week, read about what Celina had to say about the fabulous mid-century sofa with the sexy legs you saw at last year’s show:
Fast-forward one year to Address Assembly 2016. Tell us a bit about this sofa.
Celina: I wanted to do something completely different from the big heavy low piece we had done previously. I wanted to do something light following the trends of Danish and Mid-Century modern furniture. I was inspired by all of the pieces we had seen working with Jenny from Mid-Century Modern. I wanted to give a crack at building something myself with a modern twist to it.
How did you find the design process differed?
Celina: It was extremely different, it went a lot faster than the previous year. When I had worked with Jason in 2015, he is old-school so the design process took much longer and the build was quicker. The following year I worked with Regan, another one of our carpenters (and computer geek as he calls himself), we spent about an hour tweaking the design using sketch-up. By the time we finished, we had gone through roughly 15 versions and the final drawing was completely different than what we had started with. We played around with the heights, lengths, width of the arms, each time it kept getting more refined.
With this design, did you have any single aspect you had anticipated to be the defining feature?
Celina: The stiletto legs and the airy base are what had drawn the most attention, many commented on it. I had thought the arm shelf detail would have been the thing most noted.
Despite being only one year old, how do you think this piece compares to today’s market? What was the feedback like after the show?
Celina: It did get us a lot of attention and we did a couple of projects that were modifications of this design. I think this design is best for a lobby, hall or reception area. We haven’t had a chance to really market this, but it is a classic design. It won’t be going out of style any time soon because Mid-Century is still such a prominent style.
If you redesigned it today, what would you do differently?
Celina: I would change the way the grain runs in some areas and the wood. I was happy with the feel and comfort level, everyone that sits on it is surprised by how comfortable it is for a size conscious piece.
As for changes I would drop the height of the legs slightly, I feel as though the current leg height makes the sofa a bit of a character because they are so long with a think deck. In Vancouver’s market I don’t think people are looking for something too unique and different, they want something that they’ve seen before and is familiar.