Should you remodel your home, or build new? Learn what to consider when making this tough decision.
Board & Vellum: Logo

Events, Seattle Design Community

Happy Hour with Curran

We recently shared a great happy hour with local company, Curran, offering furniture, floor coverings, and accessories. They are doing great things and we totally recommend you check them out.

June 17, 2014

Seattle is becoming more and more an incubator and an international hub for great design. At Board and Vellum, we value finding and working with the local people who contribute to the diversity of this “happening” city.

curran

Last week, we had happy hour with Curran. They brought some delicious cookies from Hello Robin (a must try) and we served a variety of local wine and hard cider.

Barbara and Jeff Curran are the owners of Curran an online site for furniture, floor coverings, and accessories. We asked Curran how it all began:

The story behind the company is simple. Jeff Curran was a manufacturer's rep in the Pacific Northwest and friends and family were always asking whether they could buy from his home furnishing lines. To make things easier for everyone, he put a little flier together and mailed it out to 20 people. That was 1996, and the catalog grew by word of mouth. In 2008, Curran went totally online. In 2012, Curran opened a small showroom in downtown Seattle.

Jeff and Barbara go to many design shows around the world to select unique product lines to add to their online collection. In fact, as a native-Swiss, Barbara takes the kids along and turns the business trip into a two–month family vacation in the Alps.

Back at B&V, we were drooling over the outdoor furniture catalogs they brought along. It was very exciting to play with many colorful flooring samples of Sisal carpets (natural and synthetic), Bolon floor and car mats, and various wools... They even carry a line of 100% compostable carpets – now that’s green!

The highlight of their presentation was when they introduced their U.S manufactured furniture line. The manufacturer uses native species, and practices sustainable manufacturing methods (Curran's Sustainability Statement). Each furniture piece is made individually and is entirely customizable. Since the furniture is U.S made, even with customization, the lead times are very reasonable – you lose no time going through the customs etc, which may become an issue with international furniture orders... We were very impressed with their ability to customize orders. They have put a lot of thought into how to streamline this process. Have a look at this example:

Take a traditional dresser from their catalog - draw a sketch - find new knobs - pick a new color:

curran custom

And the result can have a very different, modern visual appeal:

Curran

Barbara told us that their price range hits the sweet spot between the very high-end designer furniture and mid-level mass producers. They are a family business, and they are aiming to make Curran a one-stop-shop for designers who work with families that care about good design, and want high quality, durable, and timeless furniture.

Inspired, we left the Happy Hour with a lot of ideas on how we can use Curran as a resource in our projects, and maybe one of their carpets for our office expansion.

You may visit curranonline.com to find more information about the company, or stop by their Seattle Showroom near Pike Place Market.

Photos courtesy of Curranonline.com

Would you like to read more from the team?

If you enjoy reading our blog as much as we enjoy writing it, that just makes our day! You might also enjoy a few of the related posts below. And, if there is a topic that you wish we would cover, let us know!

DIY Urbanism

Every year, communities come together to take back parking-spot-sized parcels of the street, transforming them into pedestrian-centric installations. Though PARK(ing) Day lasts mere hours, other forms of tactical urbanism exist globally in various degrees of permanence, engaging and influencing the evolution of communities, public space, and informing the relationship between an urban environment its inhabitants.

Work by Jon-Eric Schafer in the “By Others” Gallery at Board & Vellum

We have a brand new show at Board & Vellum’s By Others gallery: ceramic sculpture and watercolors by Jon-Eric Schafer. Join us for the opening at the Capitol Hill Art Walk, February 14th, 6-9 PM. For a teaser, read our Q&A with him to learn a little about his work.

Work by Claire Showalter in the “By Others” Gallery at Board & Vellum

In the mood for some art? Good! The Capitol Hill Art Walk is coming up again, and we are hosting a new artist, Claire Showalter, at Board & Vellum’s By Others gallery. Read our Q&A with her to learn a little about her work and her process ahead of the November 8th opening reception.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, third places, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

Get in touch.