Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Design Studio Furniture

Friday, July 17, 2009

Functional Furniture Part 1

City dwellers as well as those who enjoy functional furniture will enjoy these multi-purpose modern options. Both the Capri table and the Elvis table are console tables that open up to be used as regular dining tables.

Essentially two pieces of furniture in one! Take a look...

The Capri Console Table opens up to be used as a small dining table. This table is available with stainless steel frame and polished white lacquer wood top and extensions.

Closed (Console): 55" x 20" x 29.5"h
Open with two leaves: 55" x 39" x 29.5"h
Open with three leaves: 55" x 55" x 29.5"h

The Elvis Console/Dining Table
Table Base in "anti-marks" stainless steel.; Top available as shown in wenge, polished white, or black laminated.

Available in two widths
Closed (console): 47" x 16" x 29.5"h
Open: (Table) 47" x 31.5" x 29.5"h

Larger size
Closed (console) 63" x 17.8" x 29.5"h
Open (Table) 63" x 35.5" x 29.5"h

I welcome comments. Let me know if you think this concept is interesting and something you would consider for your living space.

Modern Ideas: Storage Solutions

A Modern Twist on Storage.
Interesting and functional storage units can be designed and customized
to serve multiple purposes in your home.

The above ex
ample is a fun option for shelving, media/book storage,
family "mail boxe
s", or organization and display for toys.

Modern Storage units can include an artistic component. The options are
beyond count. Choose from a variety of finishes (wood, leather covered, lacquer, glass).

Freestanding storage units can be used as a room divider.
This popular trend is fabulous
for both small and large living spaces

Be it simple clean lines or decorated funky composi
tions; there
is a beautifully m
odern storage solution for your home.

Lacquer is available in any color of the rainbow and more.

Wood Configurations.

Individual pieces can be ordered and placed together to ad your own artistic touch.

All of these pieces can be ordered and customized at Desig
n Studio Furniture.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Choosing Leather For Furniture

Determine Which Leather is
Best For You.

Like a fine wine, leather enhances and improves with age. Leather is the most durable of upholstery options and proves to be a wise investment.

Leather is treated and prepared in various ways. Price, look, and feel, fluctuates based on treatment and preparation.

Full or Pure Aniline Leather
Also know as “naturally finished leather.”
• Maintains the “look” of natural leather, showing the natural grain and any markings.
• Receives the least amount of treatment and processing and remains as natural as possible.
• Available in several different colors (dye lots may vary)
• Most expensive, but also most supple
• Should not be places in direct sunlight (may fade)
• Requires normal leather care and maintenance

Semi-Aniline Leather

Also know as protected or lightly treated leather.
• A small amount of pigment is applied to help protect and maintain uniformity.
• Natural grain and markings are still apparent.
• Consistency of color is much more even.
• Considered “the best of both worlds” offering a natural look, with some added protection from wear and tear.
• Ideal for families with children and/or pets.
• Easiest to clean and care for

Nubuck Leather

Also known as “brushed” leather.
• Polished to create a unique texture.
• Natural marks and grain variations are still evident.
• A lush appearance.
• Often preferred by initials that like a softer look.
• Requires more care than leather and should never be placed in direct sunlight.
• Quickly damages when exposed to liquid

Distressed Leather

Also know as “waxed” leather
• Goes through a distressing process to make the leather appear aged or antique.
• Will continue to age beautifully.
• Color variations are common, but add to the “rustic” beauty of this leather.
• Natural markings are very apparent.
• More resistant to stains.

Other “leather” options

• Embossed Leathers
Leathers that have been embossed to look like exotic skins.
Vegetable tanned and aniline died.
• Bicast or Coated Leather
Synthetic type of leather that is made by applying polyurethane to the surface.
More durable than most leathers
Often used in commercial settings such as restaurants
• Faux Leather
Man made and the least expensive option for obtaining a leather look and feel.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Beauty of Natural Stone

One of the beauties of natural stone and marble is that each piece is completely unique and can not be duplicated. Natural veins, pores, and color variations make your table one-of-a kind.
Natural stone and marble present all variations and unique coloring that is found in nature.

Design Studio Furniture showcases a variety of stone, marble, granite, and onyx pieces. Many of our clients inquire about the differences between these stones. This post is a summary of each of these natural beauties, examples of some of the options to choose from, and finally, information on how to properly care for each.

Take a look ...


Travertine is extracted from the ground and is the result of a chemical precipitation of thermal waters; also know as, hot springs. As it is deposited and compressed in successive layers, the conditions of deposition may vary, resulting in a banded structure. Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is naturally porous. Depending on the mineral content in a particular piece, dark veins may randomly occur on the tabletop or edge of the table. In some instances there are tiny openings that are not filled and remain open.

Unfilled and unpolished Travertine (as shown below on the left) is naturally beige in color and extremely porous. Black carbon deposits are common, resulting in what appears to be small black lines. When travertine is unpolished and unfilled, the stone will appear naturally dull, as opposed to the shiny surface of polished travertine.

When Travertine is filled and polished, the holes are "filled" with a putty like substance. A natural paste wax is used to give the stone a polished brilliant shine and a protective covering. When ordering a travertine table, you can choose between filled or unfilled.

The beauty of travertine is in its neutral coloration and sedimentary "banding" of time.

Left: Unpolished and unfilled
Right: Polished and filled

Walnut Travertine

The brown color to walnut travertine is natural to the stone. The color of any stone is determined by the mineral content present in the earth, during its formation. This stone can rang in color from beige to dark brown or light gray to black. In its natural state, walnut travertine is porous, resulting in an uneven surface. In order to make walnut travertine suitable for tabletops, a clear resin is used to fill the pores, making the table even.

The intense pressure and the folding of the earth create marble. During this process, sedimentary limestone is crushed, ground, and heated, creating a homogeneous, crystalline, condition of great density. Melting together with other mineral elements and materials creates the background coloration of marble. For example, the black coloration comes from coral; the red color comes from the presence of iron, green by copper and so on...

Marble comes in natural colors and each presents natural veining. The coloration and veining depends upon the minerals present during formation. Veining often provides a certain inconsistency in the surface texture of the table and may require some fill during manufacturing. These variations and natural markings are NOT flaws and are to be expected. Below are some examples of the various colors of marble.

From left to Right: Imperador, Cortina White, Garmisch Black, and Trani.


Granite is geologically the same composition as marble, except that it was formed nearer to the earth's surface during the volcanic eruption giving it a greater component of oxygen. The oxygen or air and steam bubbles contained in the mass, eventually crystallize, which creates the quartz that differentiates granite from marble. The addition of quartz gives granite a hardness that is similar to glass. In fact, granite must be cut with the same diamond heads that are used to cut glass.

Granite is a very "hard" stone that is the most (but not totally) forgiving to stains and heat. The color and surfaces of granite are mostly consistent, however natural markings are always possible. There are many colors of granite to choose from. Below is an example of two.

Left: Grey Granite
Right: Black Granite


Onyx is part of the alabaster family. It gets it brilliant colors from minerals and elements in the earth. Onyx can vary considerably from slab to slab. Natural fault lines and small cracks are common to this material and are not considered defective. The polishing process of this extremely dense stone renders a stunning glass like finish. Design Studio Furniture has a variety of onyx pieces available.

Left: White onyx
Right: Green Onyx
Cleaning and protecting your natural surface

Marble is denser than travertine, and granite is the densest of them all. Keep in mind that all of these natural materials are porous and should be cared for just as if it were a fine wood.

Use coasters, trivets and place mats to protect any natural material.

To avoid rings or marks, any and all liquid that is spilled needs to be removed immediately. Rings and marks (just like on a fine wood) are very difficult to remove. Re-polishing is the best way to attempt to reduce the appearance of stains.

For day- to- day cleaning, we recommend using regular rubbing alcohol.

Design Studio Furniture carries a wide range of natural stone tables. Much of the information provided above comes directly from our manufacturer. Take a look at the slide show to see some of our collections.

Contact us for information on any of the pieces you see: