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Design Trade


Today’s Custom Design, Inc.


c a p t i v a t i n g c r e a t i o n s


exotic materials and creative design combine with stunning results By Emma Sommers


Inc., got his start in the furniture industry in 1981 when he and his wife Janou began importing unique furniture inlaid with exotic materials, such as horns, bone and natural goat- skin, from South America. In 1987, Perczek relocated his showroom from High


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Point, North Carolina, to the Design Center of the Ameri- cas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach, Florida. That same year, Perczek’s career as a furniture designer began when a cli- ent walked into the new showroom and asked him to de- sign some special chairs. After realizing how much he en- joyed the creative process, Perczek has dedicated his career to designing unique pieces with his unique personal touch. Today, along with the Today’s Custom Design Team, Perczek prides himself on creating high-end custom fin- ishes and styles not available anywhere else. The team will even visit a client’s space to evaluate and capture the spirit of their design objectives. Perczek states that using exotic materials in his designs


adds a touch of sophistication to his furnishings. He points out that certain materials, such as bone and animal horns, can be used in place of materials that are now illegal to harvest and use, such as ivory and tortoiseshell. Goatskin (parchment), which was used in the Art Deco period, is also in demand. Whether creating one piece or furniture for an entire


house, each piece is carefully studied during each phase of the design process to ensure that there is balance and integ- rity of design. The complete process, from conception to completion takes about five months and each piece is pro- duced in one of several overseas factories where Perczek has developed relationships. Today’s Custom Design also has a local workshop for upholstering, finishing, cabinetry and installations. The showroom offers a carefully edited


26 aime Perczek, owner of Today’s Custom Design,


Jamie Perczek Owner


collection of high quality imports from Italy and Europe, selected by Perczek, in addition to the custom pieces. This April marked Perczek’s return to the bi-annual High


Point furniture market after 25 years with his latest collec- tion. DTM spoke with Perczek about the unique pieces he produces and his passion for design.


Do you have a background in South America? How


did you make the connections necessary to start im- porting from there? My mother-in-law had a furniture factory in Colombia,


where I was born. It was through her and my wife that I started to learn about furniture, finishes and manufacturing.


How important is it for your designs to be unique? I have developed my own style that includes waves and contrasting finishes. I enjoy shapes and harmonious cur- vatures and I love Art Deco designers for their originality and boldness.

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