Just this year, sisters Pamela and Steph Katch decided to start The Katch Design Company, a custom furniture and a la carte interior decoration and styling service as an offshoot of Katch I.D., their New York City residential interiors firm.
Pamela, a former museum installation designer and creative director, and Steph, a Parsons School of Design grad and interior designer, have now turned their sights toward designing and manufacturing furniture that emphasizes the idea of responsible luxury — combining well-made, handsome design with sustainable materials and low environmental impact.
All of the Katch Design Company, Ltd. furniture is made to order by local craftsmen in New York City, using wood that is sustainable or reclaimed, and wood material that is formaldehyde free. Almost all of their finishes and glues are low- or no-VOC, and the felt used for pieces such as their Woolie Woolie Side Table is 50 percent recycled nylon and 50 percent undyed, unbleached wool. And since all of the furniture is made to order, most pieces can be ordered in a custom size or custom color, to fit perfectly into your home.
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I'm a big fan of this small company's push toward sustainable design and manufacturing. I also love the company's Room Service feature, which gives a client a complimentary hour of interior design consultation with each piece of furniture purchased. In this hour, the sisters give clients advice on styling their new furniture, advice on paint colors, best use of floor plans, and ideas for lighting and accessories. New York homes get in-house consultations, while long-distance clients are asked to send photos in first, and then receive their consultations via phone.
In a recent New York Times article, Pamela noted that she and Steph "thought it would be fun for us and for our clients to have a little outside professional help — like what colors would look well with their new dining table or how to shift their floor plan, move their furniture around. Sometimes when you’re making a fairly significant purchase, it’s helpful to have some advice as to what would look really great with it. So you can feel confident about the creative choice you’re making."
You can shop online, or email the sisters through their site for specific requests.