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Finishing the Job

When it comes to upholstery, most people only imagine what their furniture will look like with new fabric. They don’t realize, choosing your fabric is only half the fun.

The real fun starts when you pick the final touches that make your furniture unique. With custom upholstery, your possibilities are endless. Take the two pictures below.The image on the right is much more masculine and classic than the one of the left. The second image has a much softer, more feminine feel.


Even though both images have the same fabric, the finishes completely change the look and feel of the piece. This is especially true of the type of wood finishes you use on your furniture. For more of a modern look, stick with dark mahogany and black. Maybe even play around with lacquered greys. For a more vintage feel, choose a distressed white or lightly finished beech wood. There are so many options when you choose custom furniture. The possibilities are endless!

Next week we’ll showing what a difference it makes when you take your design further with tufting, nail-heads, or wood finishes. Do you have any questions about custom furniture or upholstery? Tweet them to us at @LisonAF


Functional Fabrics

Moving forth with Upholstery Month!

Last week we looked at picking the perfect cushioning for your custom furniture needs. This week, we want to talk about picking fabrics to suit your lifestyle.
Once you’ve decided on your cushioning, it’s time to move on to the really fun stuff, picking your fabric. There are plenty of decisions that go into finding the perfect fabric, two of the most important being:

1) Style: You want to make sure that the fabric you choose will compliment the rest of your home. If you’re not doing a complete overhaul of your furniture, make sure your new piece doesn’t clash with older furnishings in the house. That peacock pattern that you love so much, might not go too well with the red flannel you’ve got at home.

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2) Lifestyle: Before making any decisions, think about how the furniture will be used. Fabric should be beautiful, but it should also be functional. If you’ve got a toddler at home, it’s best to wait a few years (or more) before splurging. Same goes for pets. Decide what purpose the furniture will have, how often it will be used, before picking your fabrics.

Finally, no matter what fabric you decide on, there will come a time when you need to replace it. Whether the pattern goes out of style or it starts to show it’s age, it will need to be updated.

If you’re looking to re-upholster old furniture and would like some advice, email us at Have a great day!


Upholstery and Cushioning

This month we’ll be talking all about upholstery. For many people, upholstery never crosses their mind. For others, the idea of re-upholstering includes a new couch slip from Ikea. And then there are those of us who absolutely love upholstery. We thought we would share our passion and our knowledge, to help you see exactly what can be done when you opt for custom furniture.

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This chair desperately needs a new look! Wait until we’re done with it!
With any custom job, after you’ve picked your frame, you’ll move on to your cushioning. This is the fantastic part about custom work, your furniture is made for your comfort. If you want to be enveloped in a down cushioned chair, go right ahead.

As you get older though, you need a more firm seat. For those people getting into their senior years, just the act of sitting down and getting back up becomes a pain. Having the option to raise the hight of the seat and make it more rigid makes a world of difference.


Couldn’t you imagine sinking into this chair?
This is exactly the thing that makes custom furniture so wonderful. You decide what the chair will be used for, and build it around that need. Whether the chair is for grandpa or for a new mom, it’s built to be as comfortable as can be for the user.

After you decide on the frame and the cushioning, the fun begins! Next week we’ll be chatting about fabrics, finishings and matching your custom furniture with your lifestyle.


Going Social

Some of the greatest parts about starting our company have been all of the fantastic people we have met and all of the new things we have learnt. We’re especially excited about all the people we have e-met. We’re learning all these new things and connecting with people we would never have had the chance to if it hadn’t been for the Internet.

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We especially love Pinterest for inspiration like this!

We’ve fallen in love with Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. They’re such great spaces to find inspiration and connect with like-minded people. Have you gone social? Connect with us here, here, and here. Do you know of any other networks we should be on? Share them with us, we’d love to hear from you!


Services for Design Professionals

When Lison Art Furniture launched, we were sure about one thing, we wanted to support Vancouver’s interior design community.

In the last few months we’ve had the opportunity to do just that. We’ve met amazing designers with fantastic, unique styles. It brings us joy to be able to help them make their design goals a reality. Designers know that some projects need a special touch. At Lison Art Furniture you create the piece you need, to suite the project you’re working on. With our support, the creation of your custom furniture will be simple! We started on the principle of supporting design professionals, and that is true in all of our business decisions.

Now we’re looking to do even more for the design community. Starting this Fall, we will be featuring interior designers in our Vancouver boutique. We’re lucky to have such a beautiful retail space, and we’d like to share it! The style of one interior designer will be presented to the public in store and online.

So whatever the project, and whoever the client, we can help make your custom furniture dreams come true!


Summer Leather Seminar

On Thursday, June 27th we had the privilege to host the Summer Leather Series at our boutique.


We had a wonderful evening! After mingling around the food and drinks, Austen Leeden of Dragonfly Leather began his presentation to an audience of interior designers, fabric upholsterers, and developers. Austen discussed the latest trending colours and style designs direct from their exclusive tanneries in Italy, Belgium and the UK. He focused his presentation on the many types and styles of leather, and which is correct for the specific application. You wouldn’t want to invest in leather to see it destroyed by over use! Austen described to our guests how to identify cheap, poor quality leather and what not to purchase to avoid costly mistakes. He also discussed the range of environmentally friendly and sustainable leathers we can supply, for customers looking for “green” furniture.


We at Lison Art Furniture are proud to be one of Dragonfly Leather’s official showroom representatives in Vancouver. Dragonfly leather is the official supplier of Lison Art Furniture, so you know that when you order a custom-built, leather chair you will be getting the best quality in the city. For more information on Dragonfly Leather, please visit them here!

Thank you to everyone who attended the leather seminar. If you were not able to make it, don’t worry; we will be holding more design inspired seminars in the fall!




Launch Party!

On Thursday June 13th we held our official launch party, and it was a great success! Lison had the opportunity to present her passion to designers, architects, artists, and developers from around the city. We were also fortunate to have members of BC Living and other news outlets in attendance. The artists Sylvie Rochette and Jonas Delogne came by to present their work that is featured within the boutique. At the end of the evening, Lison drew a business card, the winner receiving a custom chair. The lucky man was Bob Tai, who quickly began deciding on a frame with his wife!


It was a fantastic evening! We are so glad we had the chance to share it with such a great group of people. If you had the opportunity to come by, we thank you for sharing the evening with us. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope to have you come by our boutique soon!


Thursday April 18, 2013 | 5 to 8 pm

We’re having our

OUR GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION | Thursday April 18, 2013 | 5 to 8 pm

We’ve just posted our invitation and are getting ready to send out the next mailer.

Next Thursday will be an evening to remember as we bring the culmination of many ideas and hours of sweat equity to a new and inspiring idea.

We can’t wait to meet all of you and encourage you to bring a friend (or two)… Indulge your creativity, meet a few of our featured artists and come share a glass of wine with me.