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Different cuts of wood: What they are, and why they matter.

Different cuts of wood: What they are, and why they matter.

You can probably name different wood types off the top of your head. But can you do that with wood cuts? So you’ve decided on a type of wood for your custom piece of furniture. Congratulations, your work is done! Or so you thought. Your choices don’t stop there,...

The Basics of Wood Materials: Solid vs. Laminate vs. Veneer

The Basics of Wood Materials: Solid vs. Laminate vs. Veneer

The finishing on wood pieces may be surface level, but their impact on look, function and price goes much deeper. Here are the basics of what you need to know when choosing between solid wood, laminate and veneer. Whether it’s an office, retail space, restaurant,...

What you need to know about fabric fibers

What you need to know about fabric fibers

What separates cotton from silk from polyester from acrylic? The answer is the – ahem – fiber of the issue. When you’re new to custom furniture, it can be exciting to imagine your grand vision for a space without restriction. But when it comes down to details, the...

What is the right type of wood for my project?

What is the right type of wood for my project?

When it comes to choosing your wood for a custom piece of furniture, don’t go against the grain. Some types will be more appropriate than others. For most of us, choosing the right kind of wood for our furniture comes down to finish – do we want a light, cool oak, or...

Upholstery Fabric 101: The different types

Upholstery Fabric 101: The different types

Fabric 101: Feeling overwhelmed by choice when it comes to the fabric type for a new piece of furniture? This breakdown is just the material you need. Imagine this scenario: You need a new chair, banquette, or sofa – and can’t find the right piece in any retail...

Bringing it all together

Bringing it all together

Christmas comes many times each year at RFP Design. The excitement ramps up when we finish a project and begin packing up the pieces. It continues when the custom pieces are delivered to the project site. And it peaks when everything is finally assembled. Then we get...

Ensuring the highest quality

Ensuring the highest quality

Quality assurance is not the final step in the process here at RFP Design.  Yes, we check everything before we ship from our workshop.  But we think about quality at every step of the process.  From our initial meetings with our clients discussing a project; Through...

Testing – A setback

Testing – A setback

Despite our best intentions, moving from concept to finished installation is never straightforward. To use an old cliché, we plan for the worst and hope for the best. In this case, the setback wasn't fatal, but it caused us to rethink fabrics. COVID 19 has affected...

Specifications and design

Specifications and design

It's BIG!  Indoor:  62 dining chairs, 28 Barstools, 9 Banquettes, 27 Tables. Outdoor: 120 Dining Chairs, 26 Outdoor Sofa's, 42 Outdoor Tables.  A big part of the brief was to value-engineer each piece to hit the mark of 'cool, beach club'.  Our design team worked...

In the beginning

In the beginning

 In the beginning it starts with a vision.  Our best work comes from a design plan that clearly articulates what the designers and architects want the user to experience in the space.  In this case it was to renovate an existing restaurant to create a real 'beach...

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