Are you self-conscious about starting a custom furniture project based on your own inspiration or asking CustomMade artisans to modify their furniture designs featured in their CustomMade portfolios? What feels like a natural creative impulse to some, perhaps to most of our CustomMade fans, to others can feel like taking something beautiful and turning it into something that may be more Ś uncertain. What if the furniture turns out to be unoriginal? What if your design modifications are Ś not good?
Customers aren’t the only ones who struggle to come to terms with their inspirations. CustomMade artisan Sevin Salomone of foureyes furniture created the “Silver Fox” coffee table after catching a glimpse of just ¼ of a coffee table that was shown in an episode of the popular AMC TV series, “Mad Men,” (a drama that has inspired quite a few custom furniture projects with its mid-century modern look).
On his website, Sevin describes this table as “a distant cousin-in-law at best” to the original, since he’s never seen the original table in its entirety. He also discusses how he’s come to accept his inspirations, as an artisan, in a way that could also be helpful to some nervous potential customers.
Copying, or being labeled a “copy cat,” is one of my biggest fears. I’ve thrown out entire designs just because I saw something that looked too similar after the fact. Knowing that I didn’t copy a design isn’t enough for me. Though, as I think more rationally about it, it should be. The truth is, every single person stands on the shoulders of those who came before them. I should be inspired by the things that appeal to me, and I hope that I am lucky enough to inspire somebody else someday.
Whether you’re standing on the shoulders of some really tall people or having to peek around somebody blocking your view, Sevin can help you turn your custom furniture inspiration into something real, beautiful, and unique. Check out these completed works from the foureyes furniture CustomMade portfolio as well as Sevin’s very thoughtful, detailed, and humorous stories behind these works from the foureyes furniture website. And if you want to customize these designs for your home, Sevin even offers some suggestions.
Contact foureyes furniture and share your custom furniture inspirations or custom modification ideas with Sevin.