New Design - The Bronson Sofa

One of our new designs has been drawing a lot of eyes over the past month, so we decided it's time to feature our latest sofa! 

Originally we created the Bronson Sofa as a part of a large project for a client south of LA. We had been crafting the different design elements in our heads for some time before the opportunity finally presented itself to bring the piece to life. When we presented the idea to our client they loved the concept so much they commissioned us to build a sectional for them sight unseen. 

Upon completion of the piece(which they love!) we realized we had created something we've long aspired for- a truly Croft House sofa. At Croft, we pride ourselves on straight forward form and function, while presenting both in an original light. But, of course, with Sofas comfort trumps all other factors. 

So that's where we started, we made sure our base shape was comfortable and modern. This sofa has different proportions than our other designs. It's deeper and shorter, which allows you the option to sit in a more lounged and relaxed fashion. We liked the idea of adding a thin, industrial steel base to the piece to keep the look clean. We also wanted to provide a more original solution for the back pillows. We had envisioned oversized throws, but knew that could require constant fluffing and rearranging. Thus came the idea of the steel bar in the back. It holds the cushion firmly in place, while also becoming an interesting, Croft House detail to the back side of the Sofa. The leather strap added another texture to the piece, and helped to blend the steel and upholstery while simultaneously adding a pop of color. 

This final detail adds a bit of versatility to the piece. The combination of upholstery, steel, and leather meld together allowing the sofa to acclimate to any aesthetic by providing multiple textures and tones to join a room into one cohesive space. For sofas not placed against the wall, the interest points on the back break up the large fabric surface. On top of that, the design is modular, allowing for plenty of easy to arrange variations. 

The array of features on this piece helped us to create a Croft House Sofa we're extremely proud of: an original, functional design, with all the comforts of your and our dream sofa. We've already had the opportunity to show a handful of clients exactly that! We've already started to expand the fabric choices for the Bronson Sofa, let us know what tone will allow it work best for you and your space!

 

June 30, 2015 by Alex Segal

Make a Statement

We all have that one piece in our home that stands out from the rest of our furniture. That conversation piece your friends and family point out as soon as they walk in. I find that most of our customers who are looking for a custom piece are aiming towards that appeal.

When I visit someone's home I immediately gravitate towards the bookcase to see what literature they are interested in. Call me nosey, but you can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Anyone and everyone has a bookcase in their home, and recently we have made a couple of bookcases that have stolen the show. 

We introduced our Chambers Bookcase a couple months ago and it immediately sparked ideas. We designed a custom tiered bookcase based off of the design and left out the standard leather shelving to leave only the oak and smoked glass shelves remaining. This was the perfect display piece for our customer's entryway. 

Our Railcar Bookcase is one of our classics. Its sleek and simple design can blend into any home. We had a couple that needed a unit to place their electronics in, while simultaneously hiding unsightly cords and wires. We used our Railcar Bookcase as a reference and incorporated a steel back to hide the electronic cords. This piece is not only functional, but beautiful to look at. 

 Check out our other bookcases and let us know how we can make one into the perfect statement piece for you!

CROFT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: SWELL

Here at Croft House, we love the opportunity to build furniture for commercial spaces.  Collaborating with interior designers and business owners to create custom one-of-a-kind pieces is a fun and exciting part of what we do.  This includes manufacturing a wide variety of furniture and fixtures, ranging from from building 2 top restaurant tables to custom retail wall display units.  Just recently, we had the pleasure of working with an interior designer to create two custom pieces for Swell Online Surf Shop.  

We were tasked with the conference room table top and a panel for the reception desk.  Their client wanted light colored, weathered wood in the space.  Our reclaimed oak was an easy choice to fit their vision. 

A butcher block top was the inspiration for the conference room table. So that's where the design started.

The table spanned 120” long and 48” wide.  Due to the large size, the table could not be solid as butcher block tops traditionally are.  The solution was to mimic the butcher block pattern with thinner reclaimed oak strips mounted on a solid substrate.  The oak was then topped with a clear wax finish.  The interior designer supplied their own square hollow metal bases with a hinged panel to access wiring.  Wire management troughs were attached to the underside of the table and a grommet hole was cut out of the center to house a data port.

Reclaimed oak was also used for the reception desk’s accent panel.  The panel was composed of 3-6 inch wide reclaimed oak boards.  The wood was sanded smooth but left raw for a more natural look.  To offset the rustic reclaimed wood, the panel was paired with a crisp, white, two level desk from another source. 

The Swell Online Surf Shop is one of many commercial spaces that have a touch of Croft House.  Check out more of our restaurant, office and retail pieces in the Commercial tab on our website and check out our commercial design process here.  Stay tuned to the blog for future commercial work like this!

The Way We Custom Work

It's no secret that Croft House loves custom projects. In fact, we have a whole page on our site devoted to the way it works(if you haven't seen it click here!) Since our inception in a garage on Croft Ave. in 2009, we've considered patronage for custom work a crucial part of our creative process. Whether it's an opportunity to try something new, a slight adjustment to one of our classic pieces, or a completely novel idea to our team, we're always eager to meet the task. 

We firmly believe that our clients shouldn't have to settle for a piece that almost works, and since we build everything in Downtown Los Angeles, we're afforded the luxury of making even the smallest adjustments to a piece if necessary. We happily modify the dimensions, materials, finish, and even functions of our standard pieces in order to get them just right. 

For example, a custom Rivera Credenza we completed this past Spring. Our client needed open shelving AND closed storage for their piece. So we simply adjusted the piece by making it a little taller and adding some open cubbies on the top. A perfect solution for our client and a great option for us to share with anyone else who may have similar needs!

We also relish the opportunity to bring a new design to life that aligns with our client's needs. Nothing is better than when a design we've been waiting to create meets with exactly what a client is looking for. Such was the case with the Arden Bed. Our client had a rough vision for what they wanted in a bed frame, and we happened to have that vision clarified, sketched and waiting. As soon as we showed them the sketch they pounced, and sure enough the piece was perfect for their space. A few slight adjustments later and now it's a staple of our line.


Nothing is quite as fun as when a potential client or interior designer comes to us with a piece they've imagined hope we can complete.  We take on these challenges and eagerly determine functional solutions for the piece, without sacrificing the design at hand.   Earlier this year, one of our favorite LA designers came to us with the dream of a piece inspired loosely by our Carrara marble coffee table. They wanted the piece round, with a thin, elegant(yet rustic) base that would surround the piece. Our designers took to the idea and compiled a few options that would produce the desired result. The designer was thrilled and we loved the piece so much we snapped a few pics for our custom gallery. 

And then, of course, there are those moments when who knows what to do with that space? It's us. We know what to do. In those exasperating moments when when you're unable to find anything that is right at all, we'll help to formulate your needs and ideas into the piece that fits. This happened just a few weeks ago while trying to come up with a storage solution. Nothing out there was right, but with some back and forth between our client and team member we we're able to design the perfect combination of aesthetic and function. 

There's no customization too big or too small for us. The only question is how can we help you? Email us at info@crofthouse.com with any requests or ideas, and we'll happily start the design process with you. Again, why settle for something that is almost right when we can build you exactly what you want and need? Can't wait to work with you soon!

June 03, 2015 by Alex Segal

Custom Reclaimed Wood Speaker Design

Custom Reclaimed Pine Media Cabinet with Built-in 2.1 HiFi Speaker System complete with TEAK Vinyl Turntable and Sonos Wireless Controller.

 

**LIMITED EDITION** Reclaimed Pine Media Cabinet with 2.1 HiFi Speaker System and Sonos Controller. Available in-store now!

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I just couldn't bring myself to buy one.  Those cheap, plastic excuses for speakers. How sterile and uninspired, I thought.  Knowing my way around audio equipment I knew I was capable of something so much more fitting for the music that accompanies our lives, something must be done...

My first job out of high school was working for a composer in the process of moving into a new high tech studio.  I was tasked with the job of sorting through 20 years of old bundled cables and equipment, testing them, and then determining whether or not they were still useful.  Essentially this meant hours alone in a dark room untangling knots.  But I loved the job, because after my shift I was allowed to stay as late as I liked watching the composer write and record music in the studio.  In the control room, front and center above the giant mixing boards was a set of awesome wood studio monitors (speakers).  I remember being so surprised at their modest size - I was sure recording studios must use much larger and more elaborate set ups than this!  Since those days I have been fortunate to visit many more recording studios and found similar pairs in every single one.

Back to the problem at hand....  I needed an audio solution for a media cabinet I was building to house a record player and a modest Vinyl collection.  Thinking back to those monitor speakers I decided that the only option was to build a complete set of speakers right into the cabinet.  After some research I found the perfect HiFi speakers for the build and picked out an 8" subwoofer(that I would end up hiding in the bottom of the cabinet).  I settled on a Sonos WiFi controller for super simple playback when the record player was not being used.

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An unexpected color ensemble!

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For this custom piece, I wanted to try a new idea for the casing and after a few days of experimenting, I was able to come up with a totally unexpected and lovely new color ensemble for our reclaimed pine.  A touch of walnut, leather, and brass and the piece was done.  One of my absolute favorites to date.

We loved the piece so much that we decided to make a limited addition media cabinet with the same sound system in it for the Showroom on La Brea.  This piece is available for immediate purchase off of the floor!  Come on in and check it out - you will love the sound it puts out, and how simple it is to use!

2.1 Hifi Stereo System, The Subwoofer is hidden underneath the cabinet!  Check out those handmade grill tabs!

 

 

Available for Purchase Today!

May 28, 2015 by Riley Rea

Keeping It Neutral - Furniture That Works for Both of You

One of the many things I appreciate about Croft House furniture is how it can be translated into any space. Whether your home has a rustic vibe, or minimal and modern, there is a piece of Croft House furniture for you. 

My personal design aesthetic is eclectic with a mix of clean lines and vintage finds. However, my partner on the other hand, likes a stark "hotel living" sort of style. Making decisions on furniture can sometime be daunting and could lead to months of finding that perfect side table that we can both decide on. Below are my favorite neutral Croft House pieces that make decision making easier without the battles of compromise. 

CHAMBERS DRESSER 

The Chambers Dresser is the most versatile dresser in our showroom. With its all industrial steel frame it can go with any existing furniture that you may have in your bedroom. The five drawer Chambers Dresser is perfect if you are limited on space but need that extra storage. 

SIERRA CHAIR

The Sierra Chair is one of my personal favorites. Our large selection of fabrics this chair to acclimate to any design aesthetic. Whether you go with a crisp white fabric for a modern home, or a blue velvet for something more eclectic, it is a timeless piece and not to mention, comfortable! 

HAVENHURST BED

This Havenhurst bed is customized to be made out of rough oak and drawers for some extra storage. The rough oak is a light wood with grey undertones that stradles the line between masculine or feminine.

MARBLE COFFEE TABLE 

The carrara marble contrasted against this black steel frame is a mix of sophistication and edge. The Granada Marble Coffee Table is great if you are looking for a table that is sleek and refined yet modern enough to balance the classic marble. 

Here are some more of my favorites! 

 

 

Custom Piece: A Crosscut Live Edge Coffee Table

Live edge tables have had a place in the Croft House line for almost five years.  We have been commissioned to build dozens of beautiful tables using several different species including Walnut, Redwood, Maple, Cottonwood and Parota. Recently, we had a request for a round live edge coffee table and I could not have been more excited.  Traditionally the live edge slabs we work with are (roughly)rectangular, so searching for a round slab was a fun change of pace.

Our customer did not have a preference in wood species and had the space for a decent size top. From the start I already had the perfect slab in mind.  We source our live edge slabs from multiple lumber yards and for almost a year I had my eye on a beautiful crosscut of Angelim Pedra.  This particular slab is a massive piece of lumber. The overall dimensions are 62”L x 51”W x 5” thick and weighs upwards of 200 pounds. I shared it with our client, who immediately fell in love.  

Angelim Pedra is an exotic wood that primarily grows in the Brazilian Amazon and Guiana. The wood has striking, rich warm tones and a distinctive interlocking grain.  The coarse texture and density make it great for outdoor decking, furniture that will be exposed to the elements, and even heavy construction.  Angelim Pedra trees can grow up to 10 feet in diameter and anywhere from 50-120 feet tall

The irregularities in the wood gave the slab a great deal of character, so we decided the imperfections should to be featured. The original chosen finish was teak oil but that just wasn't enough. 

  

 
A flat black finish was used to fill the holes, chunks and voids in the slab. To mark the 5” thickness, the sides of the slab were finished black as well.  The coffee table top was then completed with a few coats of teak oil.

 

The Angelim Pedra top was so stunning that we decided to keep the base simple and pair it with industrial steel hairpin legs.  The raw metal legs complimented the top's rusted orange and matte black coloring and allowed the slab to be the focal point of the piece. 

 

All live edge pieces are one of a kind, but this coffee table is truly special.  This custom live edge coffee table will be a conversation starter for years to come. 

New Design - The Arden Dresser

Approximately six months ago we added a new piece to our line, the Arden Bed. We were interested in designing a piece that would properly highlight the subtle beauty of our salvaged oak barn wood when we planed the material down to a clean surface. The Arden Bed was so successful at accomplishing this that we decided to take another crack at it with the Arden Dresser

To accentuate the warm elements of the reclaimed oak we placed a steel casing around the body of the piece, similar to our Chambers Dresser. We employed the same custom stain from the Arden Bed, and decided that the legs of the dresser should be matte black to correspond with the bed's frame. 

Since the dresser had such a solid body, we decided to keep the legs sleek and thin. Five pieces of industrial round steel worked perfectly.

With the dresser nearing completion, we went ahead and added two final details to complete the look. First, we routed a thin line through the center of each drawer face. This helped to break up the body and address our concerns about how heavy it appeared. Second, we chose thin brass handles for each drawer face, to give the piece a distinctively more polished touch.

And just like that, the Arden Dresser was born! Come in to 326 N. La Brea Ave. to check it out in person, or click here!

May 06, 2015 by Alex Segal

Guess What Materials We Are Wal-nuts About Now!

Recently we began to incorporate walnut into our furniture. We started out using it on our popular Railcar Bed. Having walnut in our showroom has helped us spark ideas for our customers and inspire them to use the material on our custom designs. Our second time using walnut was on a custom Railcar Bookcase. The walnut patchwork style paired with our industrial steel made our traditionally reclaimed rustic bookcase more refined and polished. 
A couple weeks ago I had a custom request for a sideboard and matching cabinets based off of our Rivera Credenza
We made the face out of walnut and paired it with a crisp white casing. Adding the brass detail to the tapered legs gave this clean modern design a little edge. 
Now walnut is becoming a staple at Croft House and we have been incorporating it more in our custom designs. 
Walnut is a strong wood and has a natural look and texture. We admire the different color variation that ranges from dark to light. The majority of our walnut pieces have a oil finish but we recommend using a poly finish for dining tables. 
Check out some more walnut pieces in our Railcar Walnut Collection

New Design - The Outdoor Table

Through the 4 years that we’ve been open on La Brea, one of the most common questions has been,“Can I use this table outdoors?” It’s not ideal, we’re forced answer. Unfortunately, our standard indoor dining tables aren't designed for outdoor use. The boards are all joined snuggly together, which leaves no margin for the wood to flex and shrink in the sun and elements. Similar to what you can see on a large bridge, it's necessary to allow wood space to expand and contract as it heats up and cools down. When this space isn’t provided the wood can crack and warp.

So, we took on the task of finding a design solution that fit our style. All of the reclaimed material we use is salvaged from architecture here within the U.S. Though we are proud of this practice, it limits us to a few specific species. Unfortunately, none of these species are a tropical wood, which is the ideal outdoor material. So, we expanded our search beyond our standard repurposed lumber.

Lucky for us, we happened upon two excellent material types. Teak, which is common for outdoor furniture, and Ipe. We were immediately drawn to the Ipe, which has a color that slightly resembles some of the red tones of our reclaimed Douglas Fir.

With the material locked down, we went to work on a design that most closely resembled a typical Croft House dining table. We added small gaps between each board to allow for the necessary expansion. We created a modern base, and powder coated the raw steel to protect it from the elements.

 

Voilà! Our new Outdoor Table was born, and just in time for Summer! We’ve already delivered a few of these beauties to new homes, including a custom version for Rag and Bone in Venice, CA! We attempted to emulate our Mossam Dining Table by thinning the boards, and mixing in strips of Teak to recreate our classic Mossam strips look.

We’re so excited to get these out into the world, and to see what custom variations people can come up for with us! Come check it out at 326 N. La Brea Ave. ASAP to get one in time for your Memorial Day BBQ!

April 20, 2015 by Alex Segal