Like ordering a custom made bespoke suit from the finest tailor in town,The New Traditionalists of NYC have made an art of exquisitely crafted handmade furniture. The character of their pieces is very old world New York Americana with a modern twist. Think The Great Gatsby, Al Capone, Lucille Ball. With pieces uniquely inspired by monuments of old America such as Grand Central station.
The art of custom furniture is a mix of human ergonomics, fill quality (springs, straps, foam, down etc.), upholstery detailing and hardware quality. Think of the difference between the standard IKEA allen key and hardwood dovetailed joints. Simple details like self closing hardware, cabinet lighting, suede lined drawers and expressed joints can all make a piece of furniture come to life.
The New Traditionalists have managed to be very niche with a range of classic furniture items of an era and making them contemporary with new manufacturing techniques that make them timeless pieces capable of being handed down from generation to generation. A designer should strive to have pieces like these within their projects. Unique items that allow the user to interact and appreciate the space they are observing, living or working in. The charm of luxury is the ability to be wowed by an item from every angle and distance. To appreciate a piece of furniture inside and out in use and beauty is the true sign of a crafted and timeless piece.
The New Traditionalists have made themselves valued members of their New York community. The have sustainable initiatives, participate in volunteering and charity events, and manufacture and design locally to ensure quality and craftsmanship. It is great to see companies like this sticking true to the values and responsibilities that businesses have on society. It is companies like these that must be encouraged and showcased to lead the way for the next generation of sustainable and globally minded youth.
~Laura of Arabia~