Formal personalization is appearing on furniture.
In grand houses of the late 1890s, sofa and chair backs and seats were covered by embroidered fabric or material elaborately appliqued with gimp and fringe. These days you can see examples at the Frick Collection in New York City, or the Vanderbilt Mansion in Rhinebeck, New York which are museum-homes of the period. Occasionally I spot elaborate upholstery details (such as those favored by British designer Kit Kemp) and there clearly is a growing group of skilled high-end upholsters across the country as these beautifully monogrammed upholstered chairs attest. Professional monogramming is always luxe so Christmas seems the right season to show it.… Continue Reading