THE BRILLIANT BEAUTY OF BESPOKE

December 28, 2018

Looking for a wow factor? Go custom.

Here at DECASO we’ve vetted a group of the most talented and boundary-pushing makers and artists to create a delightful assortment of made-to-order finds. From custom finishes applied to iconic silhouettes to the wildly imaginative and perfectly functional–you’re sure to find something to suit and satisfy the most discerning eye. Here, meet eight of our bespoke designers who are ready to dream up something one-of-a-kind just for you.

Photo courtesy of Amorph Gallery

AMORPH GALLERY

Equipped with the tagline “A look to the future aesthetic,” Amorph Gallery uses cutting edge technology to create  furniture with a biomorphic edge. Based in Southern California, the gallery both designs and manufacturers dozens of designs on site, ranging from mirrors to coffee tables.  Amorph gives clients the opportunity to customize stock designs via a variety of color and finish options, including lacquer, metal, and wood finishes. Additionally, Amorph also allow one-of-a-kind modifications to be made to any piece of furniture’s design. While it’s true every Amorph piece stuns, the Frolic Console Table, which looks like a piece of stone-polished driftwood unearthed from a liquid tomb, truly enchants. In a walnut finish the Frolic table feels perfectly cast for cabin hideaways, while a matte white finish makes it feel prepped for a modern, light-filled architecture.

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STUDIO VAN DEN AKKER

Based out of New York, Studio Van den Akker takes a subconsciously sculptural approach to bespoke. Partners Rob Copley and Sean Robins have dedicated their operation to the sourcing and production of furniture and decor with a subtly sculptural bent. From tables, to lighting, to seating, every piece in the Van den Akker collection merges function with high art. As for how the duo ensures such sculptural pieces coexist in harmony in their New York and L.A. showrooms, Copley says, “Although each piece has a sculptural aspect to it, there is also a luxurious and modern aspect to each one.”

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PHAEDO

Intricacy and modernism aren’t two words that usually sit in tandem, but they’re among the first two that come to mind when viewing the work of Phaedo, the Kingston, New York furniture company helmed by Morgan Spaulding. Whether it be a glass coffee table or a piece of wood decor, Spaulding approaches each piece with puzzle piece-like precision, interconnecting geometric shapes to achieve minimalistic decor with an unexpected playfulness. Among Phaedo’s earliest admirers is the Guggenheim who contracted Phaedo for a one-of-a-kind gift shop line in 2017.

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TALISMAN LONDON

At Talisman London, owner Ken Bolan complements his multifarious selection of vintage with a bespoke collection that fuses contemporary and vintage design elements. The Talisman Bespoke  collection includes 28 base designs which can be sized, shaped, finished, and upholstered according to any specifications. The  bespoke collection (which House Beautiful deemed “The best of its kind”) is populated by classically-modernized silhouettes, rich velvets and metallic flourishes. The result is series of versatile pieces that can hold court in contemporary spaces and period-inspired rooms, alike.

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GENT DESIGN COMPANY

Among the most astonishing facts about Gent Design Company? From the sculptures to the lighting to the furniture and decor, Gent Design Company encompasses the work of just one man: Topher Gent. A RISD alum, Gent has worked in fabrication, design and development, manufacturing, and production. The Gent Design Company umbrellas two distinct brands: Topher Gent, which focuses on Gent’s fine art, and Christopher | Objects which includes his design work, with an emphasis on lighting and ceramics. “When making objects, I gravitate towards some kind of harmony between naturalistic forms and a human-made aesthetic,” says Gent. “Despite some of the hard angles, geometry, and tool marks, it’s important that all of my work evoke the sense that they are life-like in some way.”

Photo by Jeff Garland.

NEXT:SPACE

As a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy community, Next:Space founder Isabelle Weiss has good design in her DNA. In 2014 Weiss founded Next:Space as a way to spotlight Detroit’s re-blossoming design scene and support independent studio designers. Since then, Next:Space has grown into a nucleus for emerging design, with the gallery offering both ready-made and bespoke design. Among the bespoke offerings you’ll currently come across at Next:Space? A series of Brutalist-meets-minimalist furniture and decor by the design duo Zuckerhosen an array of colorful, hand-woven abstract tapestry rugs by Detroit-based designer Paula Schubatis. Weiss’s tight curation ensures that each piece offered in the gallery feels both otherworldly and accessible.

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CRUMP & KWASH

For those who favor a minimalist aesthetic, Crump & Kwash’s pieces are likely to be a siren song. Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, the duo (Crump and Kwash, respectively) focus on fusing high-end organic materials with architectural forms. The result is magnificently-crafted pieces that feel artful and airy despite their evident substantialness.

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SAMUEL AMOIA STUDIO

Founded as an extension of his interior design firm Samuel Amoia Associates, Samuel Amoia Studio specializes in bespoke furniture with an architectural edge. In his inaugural collection Minerality, Amoia utilized tactile elements like minerals, plasters and cements to create an arresting series of sculptural side tables and consoles. “Each piece is unique, encrusted with semiprecious gems like malachite, amethyst, azurite and serpentine,” Amoia explained to The New York Times in 2015, “[the collection] is sculptural and artisanal.” Among those who have fallen for the (quite literally) edgy designs is Stella McCartney, who commissioned Amoia to design the furniture for the San Francisco outpost of her namesake boutique.

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ANTHONY MORRIS DESIGN

If you detect an undercurrent of Tommi Parzinger’s glamorous Far East influence in Anthony Morris’s wood bespoke furniture, you’d be right. Prior to founding Anthony Morris Design, Morris spent decades working for Walter P. Sauer, the cabinet company who produced the “Parzinger Originals” brand. Equipped with a deft understanding of wood, Morris now creates his own bespoke furniture in collaboration with Walter P. Sauer. Elegant and lyrical, Anthony Morris furniture will infuse any space with warmth, organicism, and a touch of glamour.

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Lead image courtesy of Talisman London