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Chaise lounge

DSC02593We created the pattern from scratch for this wicker chaise lounge. The seat is built of  feather down with a foam core. The back is all feather down. When you lay back on this piece it is so luxurious you can hardly get up!

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Custom ottoman

DSC02612We worked with Shannon Christenberry at Manor Fine Wares  and together we designed and built four large scale ottomans. You can take a look at these very attractive and sturdy pieces  at their store on 23rd avenue in Northwest Portland.

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Custom made sectional

DSC02553This is our latest custom made, eco-friendly, 3 piece sectional.  5/4 Alder frame construction with 100% organic wool over latex core cushions. It is designed so that the three seat cushions are all the same size to be interchangeable. They can be flipped and swapped!  The corner piece can be removed and the two end pieces pushed together to make sofa.

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Contemporary sofa from England

DSC02530It’s always a pleasure to come across something you haven’t yet seen. This sofa is a very simple contemporary design. But , inside, it is built like a ship. Very strong, 6/4 frame construction. The legs are set in further than most sofas of similar design. That seemingly small detail makes all the difference.

It’s funny , right know in the shop we have three sofas , each done in a primary color, red, yellow and blue. These serendipitous moments , especially having to do with color, happen a lot. Spring did arrive a little early this year.

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Furniture bling!

DSC02518We’re doing a whole lot of pillows these days. Just finished a bunch of them! In fact we always have pillows to do; we sew them up between larger upholstery projects. Pillows are a quick affordable way to accessorize and make a big difference in the home. A little furniture bling !

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Upholstered sofa at Acanthus

julias sofaMost of the custom made sofas and sectionals that we build are  contemporary. Rectilinear type designs. But it’s  always a nice to upholsterer the round forms of  a more traditional  shaped sofa. Here is our latest effort in that regard. This is a reupholstered sofa. Our client chose a striped  fabric and an accent welt that gives this piece a bit of a contemporary flair.

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Badass couch!

DSC02352A customer brought us what he called his “badass” couch to be reupholstered. We removed all material down to the frame because it required some serious structural repairs. Here it sits, waiting  for roughmans gentle touch.

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Danish Modern

danish mod 1I love this Danish modern chair. Like so much Danish modern furniture, there is so much elegance and simplicity in it’s design and function. This chair reclines , and is very comfortable. The headrest on the back is adjustable by way of counterweights on the back of the straps.  Form, function, beauty and comfort, doesn’t get better.

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upholstered sofas

DSC02382One of our favorite customers brought two of their cats “favorite” couches to be reupholstered. They  picked an earthly burnt umber fabric to fit the rustic setting at their vacation home. This is one of them. It is sooo comfortable. A good place to snuggle up with a good book. The “Cats Cradle”, perhaps.

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Club chair

DSC02371Our customer brought this “club” chair in to be reupholstered. It was his fathers favorite chair and of great sentimental value. We retied the springs and upholstered it in this faux hair fabric! It is now his favorite chair.

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Our Nieghbor “Spin”

DSC02343We first met Morgan Gary, proprietor of Spin Laundry Lounge, at the tail-end of 2013 when we were commissioned to reupholster her collection of vintage chairs for her soon-to-open Spin Laundry Lounge.  At that time, we had no idea that 9 months later, we would be moving from our NW Thurman St. address and be her neighboring business.  While there are many reasons that we love our new location on N. Mississippi Ave, Spin Laundry Lounge is definitely one of them.   If you haven’t seen this place, you need to!  It is a truly unique venue.

In a nutshell, Spin Laundry Lounge is a sustainably-focused, state-of-the-art laundromat, that  also offers beer, wine, coffee, and local eats in a comfy adjoining café.  It is now Acanthus’ go-to place when we need to pre-wash/pre-shrink fabrics for our workroom projects, or grab a cup of joe to go!

Spin Laundry Lounge

750 N Fremont St. Portland, OR 97227

spinlaundrylounge.com

 

 

 

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Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays! Thank you to all of our customers for choosing us to build and/or reupholster your furniture. We are looking forward to working more with you in 2015. And special Thanks to our awesome staff: Alex, Matt and April.
Acanthus will be closed for an extended holiday vacation 12/24/2014- 1/4/2015.

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Corner chair

corner chairWe constructed an outer cover for this Flexform seat cushion. Inside the cushions is 6″ natural latex foam  covered with Organic cotton/hemp Muslin-natural.

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Headboard

headboardA couple of reminders: 1.  The new address at Acanthus is 911 North Monroe at Mississippi in Portland Oregon. 2. You might be aware that here at Acanthus we build eco-friendly custom made sectionals, sofas, chairs and ottomans and, that we reupholster all antique, modern and contemporary furniture; midcentury Danish modern etc.. What you may not know, is we have for years been building custom headboards. Here is an example of our latest effort!

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