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Choosing the fabric for your custom-made upholstered furniture lets you inject some personality into your interior design
A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe. ceiling, dining room, interior design, real estate, table, window, gray, white
A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe.

The desire for individuality in interior design and an appreciation of locally produced products leads many homeowners to seek out New Zealand-made, custom furniture.

David Shaw Furniture is carefully crafted by a team of professional furniture makers. The company uses a system it calls the passport to quality. Manager of sales and marketing, Grace Calder, says it ensures the company's standards are maintained.

"Each piece of furniture is handled individually within a world-class manufacturing system," she says. "Every person who has worked on a piece will check it over and sign it off before it leaves the factory."

David Shaw has been designing and manufacturing furniture for more than 18 years. Because each piece is made to order using the customer's chosen fabric, the furniture is unique.

"In an increasingly competitive market our company has continued to grow. It's a reflection of the trend away from truly minimalist designs. People want furniture that is classic and comfortable," says Calder.


A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe. ceiling, dining room, interior design, real estate, table, window, gray, white
A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe.

David Shaw uses Southland beech from a renewable resource for all its upholstered furniture. Joints are stapled, screwed, dowelled and glued for strength. High-density foam, which was specially developed for David Shaw, is used in the seat cushioning. The seats also feature quality German webbing and are cross-webbed for long-term stability.

The furniture shown here had to be transported up a hill and then a staircase to this cliff-top property.

"The owners chose the Wakefield sofas, which split in half for ease of transport," says Calder. "A locking mechanism puts the two halves securely back together."

The Eden chair in the living room is covered in a striped velvet fabric. This was also used on the scatter cushions.

"The retro style of the Eden chair is particularly popular," says Calder. "It's a design that stands alone as a beautiful object almost like a piece of art." The owners of this home have used it to inject colour into their living room.

A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe. ceiling, dining room, interior design, real estate, table, window, gray, white
A view of some faucetry from Hansgrohe.

"The Eden requires very little fabric, so our clients find they can afford to splash out on a really special fabric for this one accent piece."

David Shaw produces an extensive range of sofas and chairs as well as dining chairs, tables, ottomans and footstools. Every piece has a 10-year guarantee.

For more information, contact David Shaw Furniture, phone 0800 847 848. Or visit the website www.davidshaw.co.nz.

Nov 03, 2006
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