When Martin Albert Interiors is commissioned to create a piece of furniture, we don’t simply consider how that piece of furniture will look in a space, but how it will live in the space. Aesthetics are important, but so is action. For that reason, we take a holistic approach when creating a piece, large or small.

Take for example the Hudson Chair.

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The client, an interior designer, asked us to create a set of low chairs to be used in a formal living room. The directive was that they be simple, elegant, white. And low.

That was the concept we are given. For many furniture makers, those specifications would be enough to work from, but we wanted more. We take the concept beyond the request, and we help the client think through what they are asking for, and why. Again, we don’t just see the piece. We see the piece in the room, as part of a lifestyle.

By asking the designer a a number of different questions, including How often will the room be used? and Will the room be used for casual entertaining? Or more formal entertaining? and Who will be using the room? we were able to explain to the designer why the specification needed to change.

How? When the designer instructed that the room would be used for special occasions, for which people might come dressed up, and that a considerable number of women would likely be using the room, we surmised that the chairs, at 6 inches off the floor, may be too low. When the designer asked why, we explained that a woman wearing a dress or skirt sitting at this height may inadvertently expose what was under that dress or skirt.

It wasn’t something the designer or client had considered, but it could become a major source of embarrassment and discomfort for someone using the chair. Ultimately, they took our advice.

When you commission a piece with Martin Albert Interiors, expect to be asked a lot of questions. Trust us, you’ll thank us for it.

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