Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Classic Design, a custom furniture, upholstery and refurbishment company, located in Torrance, CA for an intimate viewing of their work. I had no idea that I’d be walking into a bonafide museum of original classic furniture waiting to receive some TLC from the masters behind the business. Founder Raoul Benassaya, along with his son Julien, meticulously restore modern furniture to its complete glory with an extensive process that typically yields six weeks or longer. The art of their profession is seen in every polished chrome, polyurethane stain, horse-hair fabric, and detailed stitching assembled in such a perfect fashion. Although they have the capabilities for producing custom furniture, it appears that their heart and soul is in dealing with full restoration of the classics.
The trip to their facility reminded me of the importance of finding great craftsmen for projects associated with the office. Imagine finding a great antique desk that needs some help. A lounge chair that would make the perfect companion for your office. Bringing new life to some of your retired furniture that would work well in the workplace. These days, it can be more economical to restore furniture than buying something new. And honestly, you might end up with something more valuable and better looking. Now thinking of it, this could be a new MasterCard commercial…”priceless!”
Classic Design is among the elite in their profession. With clients like Andree Putnam, Richard Meier, Gwathmey Siegel, and more, the Benassayas are the chosen choice for Herman Miller and Knoll when it comes to restoring their own classics. If you can not swing the coordination or expense associated with the pros, you can easily find a local refurbisher in your town.
For more information about the company and their work, visit www.classicdesignla.com .