Creative Custom Furnishings has been a furniture source for architects and designers creating spectacular furnishings for clients worldwide for the past five decades.
In 1964, Jack Stanley and Ross Brushett formed a partnership to provide cabinet making and finishing services. They soon added a complete upholstery facility to provide a one-stop service for Toronto designers.
In 1988, Denys Jones purchased the company, retaining the existing staff and some of the partners as working associates.
Denys Jones’ objective was to broaden the customer base of the company by adding more contemporary and transitional designs broadening our product lines. As part of that objective, The Jones Upholstery Collection was developed to introduce more innovative seating.
In the Spring of 2004, Creative purchased Guildhall Cabinets Shops. This company had been a competitor: they created spectacular traditional English furniture. Denys decided that it was very important to continue Guildhall’s tradition, and having the two companies join was the perfect expansion.
In the Spring of 2005 Creative opened a showroom in the heart of Designers Walk. This showroom enabled us to introduce our company services to new designer clients.
In the fall of 2016 we relocated to our new factory showroom at 350 Oakdale Road. We decided to re-locate our showroom alongside our production facility, as many of our designers and their clients are fascinated to see our furniture in production.
Our custom cabinet shop can build anything from a bathroom vanity to a complete built in library, or a coffee table to a forty-foot dining table. Our boardroom tables grace offices in Toronto, New York, Montreal, San Francisco and even Paris. These creations are custom built to designer specifications, utilizing a broad range of hardwoods and veneers, sourcing locally harvested wood when possible.
Contemporary designs include many unusual materials and finishes; a recent trend utilizing blackened steel accents or bronze has been achieved by working with local blacksmiths creating accessories and table bases. This is another example of Creative providing leading edge services.
The building of a cabinet in the correct manner is critical, however no fine piece of furniture can show its true character until it is finished in a way that accents the grain and natural patina of the wood.
Creative's artisans can replicate an antique finish in hand rubbed catalytic lacquer. We can add speckle distressing or rotten stone to enhance certain features and provide silver-leaf and gold leaf accents in addition to crackled painted finishes. We have created chinoiserie accent details as well as trompe l'oeil directly onto our furnishings.
Furniture finishing is an art. Creative is constantly making innovative strides in this art form by thinking outside the box, “most recently by developing a faux bronze finish over wood for a client’s contemporary desk."
CREATIVES CUSTOM TAILORED UPHOLSTERY
Creative Custom Furnishings is proud to be recognized as one of the finest custom upholstery sources in North America. The true art of upholstery is to provide support and comfort from the back of the knee, all the way up along the spine to the center of the shoulders. Our skilled craftsmen will custom fit seating to your clients’ needs so that it fits like a fine, custom tailored suit.
We take pride in building tomorrow's collectibles today.
All our custom furniture frames are built in our facility enabling us to ensure quality and design through every stage of production. We use high quality, kiln-dried Canadian hardwoods. Joints are notched, doweled, and glued. Our frames weigh as much as 30% more than other manufacturers due to the extra wide hardwood cross-sections. We believe that a solid foundation is the critical center to all our upholstery creations.
SPRINGING AND INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
Creative applies various methods for springing frames. While some slim line contemporary designs lend themselves to rubber webbing or no-sag springing, our tried and true method of springing is hand-tied coil spring construction (80% of our custom sofas are sprung this way). This provides the very best foundation and will last for many years.
We use the finest quality materials to sculpt the inside of upholstered furnishings. All the materials we use are as environmentally safe as the industry can provide. We do not use cardboard to fill arm spaces and outside backs. Instead, we apply webbing or canvas to these spaces to provide the ultimate in wear resistance and longevity. Other areas are built up with springing, foam, felt, synthetic horsehair, Dacron® wrap, and Fortrel® to meet the design and comfort criteria specified by the designer.
THE ART OF CUTTING FABRIC
The true art of upholstery is in pattern matching: custom cutting makes the difference between a chair and a work of art. Our cutters pay careful attention to determine the best way to cut and match a fabric. In many cases designers will attend a meeting at the cutting table to ensure that we achieve the best effect.
Our cushions are the critical final assembly. All cushions are built within a muslin case prior to being fitted into the final fabric case. Seats and backs are built in varying degrees of firmness to meet client requirements. All foam cushions are Dacron® wrapped to provide a comfortable, tailored look. Foam cushions can be firm, medium, soft, or super soft as required for the ultimate in comfort.
Down and feather blend cushions provide the ultimate in comfort. Creative Custom Furnishings offers three different grades of down-filled seat and back cushions depending on client requirements. For the client who wants the feel of down without having to fluff the seat cushions, we will build a seat with foam or spring center insert within a down envelope. The foam or spring insert helps the down seat cushion to maintain its shape.
FURNITURE RESTORATION, REFINISHING & REUPHOLSTERY.
Creative provides full reupholstery, refinishing and furniture repair services; our Creative team has provided these services for clients all over Ontario for the past 30 years.