Investment Quality Equals An Appreciable Asset Furnishing, Destined For Antiquity.
We build only proud to own family heirloom furnishing, rich with family history and priceless heritage. This process begins with you and your family personalizing each piece with your own special design requests. H. J. Nick supervises the details and drafting process with his design team, and upon your approval, we then build your product. Once you receive your item, you can enjoy it secure in the knowledge it will increase in value and become a cherished family heirloom that is guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
Until the 20th century a couch referred to a long upholstered seat with one end inclined, high enough to provide a back and head-rest. “Couch” which in the Late Middle Ages had signified bedding (from the French se coucher, or “to lie down”) was interchangeable with “daybed” through the 17th century. (Gloag, “couch”). Well into the 19th century a couch was particularly a seat for a lady; a fainting couch (a modern term) has a back and a single scrolling upholstered end. A r?camier was a late nineteenth-century trade term for a similar single-ended couch, such as the one made famous in David’s portrait of Mme R?camier .
The word couch is scarcely used in the United Kingdom, where settee or sofa are far more commonly used. The sopha or sofa had a separate origin. “Sopha” made its entry in written English in 1717 (OED); divan preceded it (1702). Sofa was originally an Arabic word for the raised section of floor, furnished with rugs and cushions, set apart for a council (see Diwan) thus also for especially esteemed guests. Designs for “sophas” in Thomas Chippendale’s Director (1754, 1762) all have solidly upholstered arms with padded elbow rests, cushioned seats and upholstered backs, but show their carved wood framing.
Further back in ancient Roman society, the couch was found in the dining room (known as the triclinium). Three couches would be arranged around a low table and the men would recline while eating (although the women sat in normal chairs). Originally it was an elitist piece of furniture and it was not until industrialization that the upholstered couch became an indispensable item of furniture in middle and lower class households. Throughout its history it has often been an object of derision, considered a variety of things from decadent to conformist.
Since 19th Century the couch has become associated with Freudian psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud originally used the couch as a tool to aid his hypnosis of the patient. However when he moved on from hypnosis to stream-of-consciousness discourse as his dominant mode of analysis with the development of the interpretation of dreams, he still held on to the couch. He justified this with the need to limit the transference between psychoanalyst and analysand. Thus, the couch proved particularly useful because it limits the visibility of the analyst.
“Life Happens On The Sofa.”
Today the couch is invariably linked to both domestic family life and television culture. “Life Happens On The Sofa.” It is often positioned in relation to the television set in a family room and for napping. It has spawned social phenomena such as the couch potato, a person who spends a lot of time watching the television. The couch has also become the central prop for many TV sitcoms and soap operas. This symbiosis, through which the couch has shifted from the private to the public sphere, has been satirically depicted in popular culture, in television series such as “All in the Family” Married… with Children, The Simpsons, The Big Comfy Couch, Friends, The Royal Family and Beavis and Butt-head.
Sofa can be traced back to ancient Egypt of around 2000 BC, but true sofa was invented in the end of the 16th to the early 17th century. At that time, horse hair, bird feather, plant villi such as natural flexible materials were made as the filler, with the outside velvet, embroidery, or other fabrics masked, to form a soft sofa surface.
Most Designs Used Today Were Conceived Hundreds Of Years Ago By Some Of The Worlds Most Famous Architects And Designers Working For The Aristocracies And The Well To Do Of Their Period. </div id=”red12″>Many of these architects and designers are as well known as Leonardo da Vinci (renaissance architecture) or Michelangelo,s (baroque architecture) as well as more recently William Morris, John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement in America circa 1900.) Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene to name a few.
Every Successful Creative Enterprise Is Always Built On A Foundation That Was Laid Down By Its Predecessors.</div id=”red12″> All creative people are dependent upon the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and ArtFactory.com have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
Today Our Master Craftsman Build All Of Our Products Using The Identical Methods And Materials Of The Historical Period Of Each Furnishings Design Conception.</div id=”red14″>
All 21st Century Designs Are Also Built By Our Master Craftsman Using These Classic Traditional Methods.</div id=”red14″>
Whether We Build Products For Your Modern Dream Home Or Ancient Castle </div id=”red14″>every element Is always built to future collectable antiquity investment quality standards and will stand the test of time. Destined to become a part of your families appreciating financial net worth as well as a proud to own legacy heirloom.
Order As Original Works Or Limited Edition
We Are A “One Stop Shop”.</div id=”red14″> Many of our clients commission furniture For every room, doors, gates, built-in cabinets, lighting and hardware for their entire project. For Example: We are capable of starting with your entrance door design style or personalized carving coat of arms, family crest or business logo and bring this design in a tastefully elegant way in to you interior and exterior lighting fixtures, entrance doors, Interior doors, cabinets, structural elements, entrance gates or furnishings for every room. Making your home a unique piece of your families tradition and legacy.
Many of the worlds finest builders, architects, interior designers, as well business and home owners choose ArtFactory.com. Due to our large flexible American work force and our ability to manufacture coinciding with construction deadlines.</div id=”red14″> Note: We do not import or out source allowing us total control of our supreme quality as well as your production requirements.
Product Details As Shown – Order Any Size And Color
This Is A Hand Made Top Grain Genuine Full Hide Sofa
This furnishing is built to allow for sitting in the same spot repeatedly with out the break down of the spring system. An interconnected sinuous coil spring system and Tedlar strapping in the seat deck and back provides support and longevity. All sofas in this set are built over a genuine hardwood frame and carry our “Guaranteed Forever” no questions asked structural warrantee. The sofa rests on 2 1/2″ tall hardwood landers. Order any size or color. Hand made In the USA by our master leather smiths.
Finish, Color: All Natural Leathers , Exotic Cedar , Hard Woods And Hand Forged Steel Wood framed sofas solid mortise and tenon joined America hardwood. Our internal structural frames are hardwoods timbered in American forest by American workers. Our processes includes five to ten coats of hand rubbed furniture quality clear oils or water based non-toxic lacquers. It is applied, cured, rubbed and re-applied depending upon whether your order is limited edition or old growth original works. Every surface of this furnishing is finely finished including the undersides and hidden areas.
We Offer A Full Variety Of Highest Quality And Thread Count Fabrics and American Tanned Leather Hides.
Most Production Sofas Are Not Comfortable And Will Break Down If You Sit In The Same Spot Over And Over Again. Most production sofas are built for appearance only with little regard for structure, usually resulting in a swallow you effect and a break down in cushion structure if set in repeatedly in the same place. As the sofa breaks down you work harder to remove yourself. Not only is this type of sofa unattractive it is uncomfortable. Properly built sofas will stand the test of time and deliver comfort every time as well as durability.
Most Production Sofas Use Polished Under Belly Sub-straight Hides Or Faux Man Made Materials
using just enough sub standard leather to be able to call the material leather or a variety of leather sounding names. Most of the non touchable parts are faux materials such as Nagahide, Pleather (“plastic leather”) slang term for synthetic leather, Vegan Leather, Leatherette, Kydex, Birkibuc, Lorica, or Ocean leather.. This type of construction will never last past the limited warrantee.
Our Factory Designers Are Expert At Manufacturing Our Products And Are Not Salesman.
Our Factory Designers Are Instructed Educate To Allow A Informed Decision
It Is Our Experience, Customers Informed And Educated Make SAF Their Choice
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Every surface of this product is fine finished including the under sides and hidden areas. You may choose the natural color or from over 400 standard stain colors, or color match to any stain color from a sample you provide. Most of our finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge. Fine Finish Information: Important details about our finish process: patinas, seal-ants and wood finishes.
Colorized Carving. You can order any carving colorized. In order to achieve a colorized carving, multiple stain colors are used. The stains are hand applied and blended with an artistic eye to achieve an enhanced natural appearance.
All Steel Is Coal Fired, Hammered By Master Blacksmiths The Old Fashioned Way And Patina Finished.
At ArtFactory.com, we take pride in our traditional, superior quality workmanship and craft our products from only the finest steel. Our master blacksmiths have been classically trained, and utilize old world techniques such as coal firing, anvil hammering and hand forging to create the finest handcrafted hardware available anywhere. All of our steel work is hand patina finished by heat applying iron oxides to achieve a natural patina finish that will stand the test of time.
Nothing is Drop Forged. We create works The Old Fashioned Way using solid hand forged steel, (drop forging is a poor quality, casted copy of a hand forged work of art). Nothing is wrought iron; wrought iron is simply a softer and less sturdy form of metal that cannot compare to stronger hand forged low carbon steel.
The kind of hand forged metal work you can expect when you order from ArtFactory.com.
Patina Finish As Shown: Various Colors Of Hand Applied Iron Oxide Patinas.
Our beautiful patina finishes are hand applied using a special patented process where oxides are bonded into the metal at over 1000 degrees. This permanent finish beautifies with age. S.A.F. does not paint or faux finish any of our iron creations. Paint fades, chips and cracks over time and patinas last forever. No Drop Forged Casted Copies. No Paint Or Powder Coated Finishes. limited edition or original works.
Every surface of this furnishing is finely finished including the undersides and hidden areas.
Each item is finished to be virtually maintenance free and to age with grace. All steel parts are hand patina finished the old fashioned way by iron oxide hand applied with high temperature heat. We never powder coat or faux paint our steel, it has been proven paint and powder coating methods do not hold up over time. You may choose from many natural iron oxide colors. Our patina finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge.
Order Hand Forged Matching Furnishings Of Any Design.
We Guarantee Each Item “Forever” ” No Questions Asked, backed by over nine decades of fine craftsmanship.
ArtFactory.com carries on the American Arts And Crafts Movement of the 21st century,
in the same way William Morris and John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) inspired Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement) in America circa 1900. Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene (inspired architects of the ultimate cottages such as the Gamble House in Pasadena California
) are credited with raising quality standard to its highest level in their day. All of these great master craftsman also inspired the Marbella Brothers in the early 20th Century (founders of SAF circa 1913).
Every creative enterprise is always built on a foundation that was laid down by its predecessors. Creative people are also dependent on the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and ArtFactory.com have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
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