Construction of the new sectional for my Mahalo Lounge is finally under way. There was a big delay — I had to wait for fabric for an existing, second, vintage sectional that I am having recovered at the same time.
Above: That’s Mike and Ray from Barclay Furniture of Holyoke, Mass., which is doing the work for me. The were here Monday to pick up the existing sectional to take to Holyoke; that’s just the left-hand piece of it.
Barclay Furniture started making furniture in 1950 and today, it continues to build furniture the old-fashioned way — using eight-way hand-tied springs, for example. Most of their business is working with designers.
I learned about Barclay Furniture from the store that had my pinch pleats made up and then installed them.
Barclay had another client in Lenox, and after I called the company to talk, another Mike — Mike’s grandfather Mike, who owns the business — stopped by my house to see my sectional and to talk with me about the project.
Then, to look at fabric, I went to visit the company — I loved the place! And then, Mike came out again to measure to ensure I’d order the right amount of fabric and to get the estimate down.
Now, we are off and running. My project has two parts — they will (1) restore and recover my existing, vintage sectional and (2) build me a second sectional for my Mahalo Lounge.
The all-new sectional will be covered in my pricey, precious Knoll Rivington in Palm fabric.
The downstairs sectional is getting Knoll Keaton in the “Pembrook” colorway (shown above). This fabric must be a good seller, because once I decided on it, I had to eight weeks for a new run.
Note: I am NOT being paid by Knoll or by Barclay Furniture or getting this for free or anything like that. I am paying for everything. Read how I make money on blog, including how I do disclosures (transparently!) here.
The work will take up to eight weeks. That means: The clock is now ticking down. Time to get all the details of the Mahalo Lounge completed. I’m feeling: Small, soft-launch get-togethers with friends as soon as the sectional is in. Then: Big bash on Hallowe’en!
And, both Mikes say I can come down to their workroom along the river in Holyoke to do some stories showing my sectionals in progress. That will be fun, too!