Behind the Upholstery Craft at Nathan Anthony

One man oversees each stage of your furniture order

Spring is here. And though the seasons change, one special individual remains a constant at Nathan Anthony Furniture. Ismael Torres has worked with us since day one – nearly 20 years ago. He’s the person who oversees your upholstered furniture orders the rough every stage of production—a job he’s clearly mastered.

Ismael Torres, Production Manager, Nathan Anthony Furniture

It starts with your C.O.M or Nathan Anthony in-house fabric selection. Once the yardage is in hand, Ismael’s team begins building the specified upholstery frame in our carpentry department. The fabric pattern is then digitized for precise cutting, before he coordinates with an expert seamster who will construct the entire upholstery cover. The seating area must also be prepared for suspension and springs, with tensions that will vary based on the frame style. Ismael must  coordinate with our suppliers receiving and organizing so that each craftsperson has the right materials, including the foam and fiber mix which determine the seat’s firmness or loft. All the component parts related to your custom order (did you indicate a metal or wood finish, for example?) must be ready on time and within reach as each benchmade furniture item is fully assembled by hand.

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Customization options abound at Nathan Anthony, from fabric to wood and metal finishes, and more. Ask us about custom furniture sizes for your interior design projects.

The entire artisanal process is highly choreographed, which allows us to turn around orders within a reasonable timeframe from our custom upholstery atelier. Of course, the final step before packing the furniture for shipment is quality control, and Ismael is there for it as his team confirms the finished item is exactly what you and your client are expecting to receive. 

Quality Control Steaming, Nathan Anthony Furniture
Tina Nicole with Ismael Torres discussing an order, Nathan Anthony Furniture

We could not be more grateful for his loyalty, commitment and attention to the details, or for how much his work ethic aligns with our company’s mission of superior craftsmanship.

Also, I’m writing to let you know to stay tuned for an exciting announcement about Nathan Anthony Furniture in Los Angeles this season! While the news means we will not exhibit at High Point Market in April, we invite you to reach out directly by phone or email with your custom upholstered furniture requests. You may also use this contact form to receive our monthly news, or to set a trade showroom appointment.

Don’t forget our CustomDesign Concierge™ team is always here to answer your custom upholstery questions and assist you with placing orders. 

Tina Nicole

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

Nathan Anthony Furniture, Los Angeles

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