From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Approachable Customization with Casey Howard Designs
A common assumption is that Revitaliste works only with vintage, antique and heirloom furniture. While this is the lion’s share of what we do, we’re seeing a growing percentage of revitalization projects for our interior design clients begin with new pieces purchased from familiar “big box” retailers.
Designers are increasingly turning to customizing new production furniture for a variety of reasons. Many times their customers do not have “heirlooms” or other furniture that they deem worthy of revitalization. Some clients do not like the idea of “old” furniture or don’t like the look of traditional antiques or era-specific vintage pieces. And not all client budgets or timelines allow for fully custom-built furniture. The designers with whom we collaborate cite several benefits of revitalizing new pieces:
TIME: Production timelines for a full custom piece are often 10+ weeks. New production furniture is often in stock and ready to ship. With Revitaliste, customization even with multiple services types (e.g. upholstery + powder coating) is a brisk 4-6 weeks.
COST: “Big Box” furniture offers a wide range of price points, the pieces used in our collaboration with CHD were all around $200. The cost of customization labor with Revitaliste is a fraction of the cost to custom build new pieces. Materials can range from very modest to the most luxe available.
IMAGINATION IS THE LIMIT: When creating a fully custom piece, there’s nothing to begin with in the physical space, so it can be challenging to visualize the end result. With a “big box” purchases, the furniture’s comfort, size and scale can be tested in the home prior to beginning any customization.
A Custom Collaboration
We were thrilled when Casey Howard, principle designer at Casey Howard Designs (CHD), approached us to collaborate on reimagining a series of new production pieces. Her vision was to take ordinary, accessible furniture and transform it into extraordinary pieces. The collaboration evolved into a fun event that we co-hosted in CHD’s beautiful offices to showcase the transformed pieces for clients, interior design professionals, and the larger design community.
Casey and her team dreamed big when selecting and reimagining these pieces. Read on to see how these new pieces went from okay to over-the-top.
The Butterfly Pixel Stool
We’ve seen it, we love it…the butterfly stool is a favorite for its adaptability, smooth curves, and accessible price point. But imagine how much more lovable it could be with a little imagination and customization!
Casey and her team selected a a vinyl wallpaper (indestructible!) called “Herbaria” in the obsidian color way from Black Edition. We lined the top and interior legs (two continuous pieces) to create a totally unique stool.
The Floral Punk Stools
Casey and her team loved the geometric, architectural nature of the metal bases of these stools. They took these to a whole new level by adding color, pattern and texture.
We powder coated the metal bases in a high gloss moss green color. The pull-over seats were replaced with a boxed seat cushion upholstered in Christian Lacroix “Malmaison” fabric and trimmed with “kinetic” leather trim from Samuel & Sons.
The Fringe & Scribble Ottoman
Super sturdy and a timeless design, this iron based bench is built to last. Casey and her team re-invisioned its next chapter with a sexy twist.
We reupholstered the footstools with “Graffito” fabric in salmon/cream designed by Kelly Wearstler and added a playfully chic fringe, “La Terre” from Samuel and Sons.
The Published Table
While it has a very utilitarian appearance, this faux-cement cube also a fabulous blank-canvas appeal. Casey and her team created a masterpiece.
Casey found an intricate collage-like wallpaper from Weitzner called “Kodiak”. It’s made from tiny pieces of magazines from around the world. We wrapped two sides of the table in this paper and then sealed it in a heavy coat of high gloss clear lacquer to create a decoupage effect. We trimmed the other sides using a hair on cowhide trim from Samuel and Sons. And finally, we lacquered the base in a high gloss black.
The Veil Table
Who doesn’t adore a little lucite in their life! Casey and her team are no exception…but they chose to create an other-worldly veiled effect on this clean lined piece.
We wrapped the full table in an exquisite wallpaper called “Nimbus” from Weitzner. The fibrous nature of this paper makes the translucent lucite table visible. To ensure that the table is not only beautiful to look at, we sealed it in a high gloss clear coat to also make it functional and spill-proof.
Thank you to Casey Howard Designs for the opportunity to collaborate on these incredible transformations!
Wondering how to customize your own new furniture? We’d love to collaborate!
Start by requesting a quote here.
“afters” photography by Annie Meisel Photography