2010 IFAI Platinum Award
Custom Built Furniture
The customer had a certain look in mind and couldn’t find it through the restaurant and bar catalogs available.
Creating a small-scale prototype helped win the bid for the job. Then after several adjustments from the original
architect’s plans, the final design was finalized. Exact measurements were used to fit these pieces in the area
between two walls. Three pieces needed to be the same size to balance and repeat the pattern flow, and one
additional piece sat alone. The client wanted the banquettes to be 60 inches high to make a statement. The patterns
were drawn on cardboard, transferred to Ultra Suede (stable material for pattern-making), then transferred to the faux
leather. Various stitching methods were used, including top stitching and commercial baseball stitching.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
Wonderful design and use of
fabric.  A lot of time was spent to
satisfy the customer’s needs.
Creative use of mixed vinyl.  
Love the design and the choice
of four different fabrics.
2010 IFAI Silver Award
Custom Built Furniture
This project was created for the Floating Hospital in Long Island City, N.Y. A two-tone design was used on the
banquettes using a simple V-shape with a two-tone welt for the trim. The banquettes ended up being three different
heights because of different applications throughout the waiting room areas differing partition heights. The cubes
were designed for corners to help the banquettes continue around the room. More than 22 pieces were constructed
for this contract, which was quite a project for small shop. The staff and management were delighted and ordered
other projects within the facility.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
A nice, clean design built to suit
the customer’s needs. Excellent
workmanship with a creative use
of contrasting vinyl. Love the
V-cut shapes.


Project data
Category: Custom-Built

Upholsterers/Designers: Mark
Weller
Many thanks to a good friend and
fellow craftsman, Doug Schmitt
of Doug Schmitt Antiques for
helping us with the delivery and
installation.  Your assistance
was greatly appreciated and
made our job  a lot easier!