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Design Trade


Kisabeth Furniture


ma d e - t o - o r d e r f u r n i t u r e


after more than 50 years and three generations, still going strong By Kate Yule


begins humbly in someone’s garage or living room or dor- mitory — think Apple, Dell, eBay, Facebook and numer- ous other well-known companies that have achieved sig- nificance in the marketplace. Carl Kisabeth started such a furniture company out of his Texas garage more than 50 years with an objective to “hold true to the traditions of fine, hand-crafted, custom, made-to-order furniture.” The company is still going strong and is known for dem- onstrating outstanding and meticulous manufacturing stan- dards. In addition to being seen in fine homes throughout the U.S., Kisabeth furniture can be seen in The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; the Park Hyatt Beaver Creak in Beaver Creek, Colorado; and the City Center in Las Vegas. Still a family company after three generations, Kisa-


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beth’s pieces are built to last in their Fort Worth mill using Appalachian poplar, a renewable and verified sustainable resource, and water-based wood glues, and all scrap foam is recycled. The company operates as a COM/COL busi- ness because it allows designers a broader range of fab- rics and allows Kisabeth to focus on building the furniture, leading to a better-made product. Along with a company- owned showroom in Dallas, Kisabeth products are avail- able through representative showrooms across the country. Elizabeth Danielson, Kisabeth Furniture’s director of marketing and sales, spoke with DTM about about inspira- tion, residential and contract custom furnishings and what the future holds for Kisabeth.


Where does inspiration for your new pieces/collec- tions come from? A lot of it stems from the designers we work with on


a regular basis. We also try to gauge the market and esti- mate what is going to be “hot” or in style for the coming year. We like to keep things trendy, but also recognize we


30 here is something endearing about a business that Elizabeth Danielson Director of Marketing and Sales


want the pieces to be timeless and versatile to the coming market. We realize a lot of things that were in style in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s are coming back, so we try to look at styles we discontinued and consider updating them for today’s market. We try to really figure out what the people are looking for.


Have you received any odd or outrageous requests as


far as customization? Kisabeth has always considered each order unique, how-


ever, looking back over the past 50 years we have been in operations, I would say yes we have had some unique pieces that we have built over the years. We once had a request to build a sofa designed to be comfortable for a tall basketball player as well as his friends, who were not basketball players.


Is there any difference in the design and/or manufac-


ture of the contract furnishings versus the residential? As far as the design and tailoring of items for residential and contract, if it’s the same item there is no difference.

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