How to Commission a Custom Furniture Piece

Cat Dash Makeover Project
A custom shelving piece created by Pink Sparrow Scenice. Photo by Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny
My recent office-to-dining-room conversion began with remedying a space issue. New York City apartments are notoriously tiny, so every inch counts, and they’re loaded with “character,” which, in my case, means an oddly shaped nook with asymmetrical angles on one side of the room. As problematic as this nook was, putting it to use offered a fitting solution. I needed to maximize its usage in order to open up the rest of the room for an 80-inch dining table from West Elm. Standard, off-the-shelf storage wasn’t going to cut it, so I called on Patrick Corsetti at Brooklyn-based fabrication company Pink Sparrow Scenic.

Cat Dash Makeover ProjectAsher Israelow's Interval bookshelfTo get the project started, I met with Corsetti to go over my ideas for the piece. Inspiration came from several sources including Asher Israelow’s interval bookshelf design (pictured above), the shelving at J.Crew’s newly opened Williamsburg outpost, and several images from the Lonny archives. Corsetti and I talked through our needs, which included space to house my husband’s stereo equipment and records, our ever-growing book collection, and assorted personal items. Having a closed area—to hide the less attractive items we needed to store—was also high on my priority list.

Cat Dash Makeover ProjectThe shelving in process at Pink Sparrow Scenic's Greenpoint, Brooklyn Workshop. Photo: Patrick CorsettiIn a few days—after some back and forth about the wood and brass finishes and fine tuning details of the piece—I had Corsetti’s rendering in hand, and production at Pink Sparrow Scenic’s Greenpoint workshop was ready to begin.

Cat Dash Makeover ProjectPink Sparrow Scenic's team assembles the piece. Photos: Catherine Dash/Lonny
A few weeks later, the expert craftsmen at Pink Sparrow Scenic arrived at my apartment with components of the shelving and assembled it on the spot. How's that for service?
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