Custom Furniture Design Services

Specializing in the design and fabrication of custom furniture & architectural elements.

Custom Furniture Design, Brian Benham - Denver Colorado

Whether you’re seeking functional furniture design or distinctive art pieces, I value your input and can collaborate with you to design and build the perfect addition for your home or office, ensuring it reflects your unique style and needs.

Designed & Handcrafted for You From a Wide Range of Styles and Materials

With decades of experience in the trades, my journey has given me experience working with wood, stone, glass, concrete, and many different metals. This deep understanding of how different materials react and interact enables me to design and craft a diverse range of furniture, art, and architectural elements, including tables, nightstands, vanity cabinets, doors, lighting fixtures, and sculptural works in many different styles.

Design Ideas Communicated Clearly

Unlike off-the-shelf furniture, my bespoke designs are tailored to your specifications. From concept to completion, I will work closely with you to understand your needs, preferences, and space requirements and ensure that the end result exceeds your expectations.

Custom Furniture Design Services including art and architectural elements for Colorado

To do this, each design I create is presented with drawings to help convey the design ideas and the scope of work. These drawings will include the project stylings, overall measurements of the pieces I will be building, and drawings showing specific details we talked about that were important to you to have included in the piece. This helps ensure that we are both on the same page and that no detail is overlooked or forgotten.

Start the Design Process

Whether you have a clear vision in mind or need some inspiration, I’m here to help. I will help guide you through the design process, providing expert guidance and creative solutions to bring your ideas to fruition.

Are you ready to transform your space with custom-designed furniture, art, and architectural elements that are as unique as you are?

 

 

 


The Design Process

The design process may seem daunting when commissioning a custom piece, as each artist has a unique creative process and business acumen, but don’t be discouraged. I offer my clients a simple process, guiding them through the design phase to ensure their vision is accurately captured in their custom pieces.

Step 1: The First Conversation

The intent of a first conversation is to get to know each other and ensure that I am the right craftsperson for your project. I will ask questions to ensure I understand your expectations and vision for the project.  We will talk about the timeline and figure out a budget together.  Throughout the design process, I will help guide the design to ensure it will stay on budget. If something comes up that will overshoot the budget, help you decide if you want to proceed in that direction or explore other alternatives.

Step 2: Getting The Design Started

Some of the questions I will ask during our first conversation, or you can answer them in the contact form when enquiring about a commission, are.

  • Stating the obvious, what do you want me to build for you, a bed, desk, table, etc
  • Type of materials you want to be incorporated into the design
    • Wood tones – light wood vs. darker-colored woods
    • metals
    • glass
  • Are there other pieces in the same room that this needs to be coordinated with, such as a particular style or wood tones
    • if you can include pictures of these items, that would be helpful
    • If you can send a picture of the room where the new piece is going, that would help me visualize where it is going and the style of the room’s decor
  • Do you have a theme you want me to follow, include, or pull inspiration from
  • If you are an interior designer, including a Mood Board or rendering is a great way for me to visualize how my design would fit into your vision.
  • What is the general size of a piece,
    • How many people do you want to fit around a table?
    • King or queen-size bed
  • Is there anything else you think I would find helpful or want me to know about the project

Step 3: Paying The Design Deposit

Once we have decided that we are a good fit for one another, decided on a budget, and have a general design direction for the project, I ask for a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the budget as a retainer to flush out the design.

Flushing out the design includes:

  • Based on our initial conversation, I will produce drawings of the design to help us visualize it and verify that the general sizes are correct.
  • Additional design meeting to discuss design revisions based on the initial drawings
    • it is normal to go through 2-3 revisions to be sure we have your design just right.
  • Stain and finish samples if needed.
  • The design deposit is credited to the project.

Step 4: Starting The Fabrication of Your Design

Once you have approved the design and are ready for me to build it for you:

  • I ask for a non-refundable 50% deposit
    • The deposit retains the next available start date on my schedule.
      • For small to mid-sized projects, I am currently running about Please allow 4-6 weeks for fabrication out
      • For larger projects, I am currently running about Please allow 8-10 weeks for fabrication out.
        • The above timelines are approximate, based on averages and the current workload. When you are ready to pay your deposit, I will provide more information about where you will fall on my schedule based on your project’s needs.
  • For most projects, the final payment will be due upon completion prior to shipping.
    • I will bill progress payments for large projects with multiple phases based on the percentage completed.

 

Still on the fence?  If you want a handcrafted piece of furniture but don’t want to go through the design process, please check out my made-to-order selection of furniture or some pieces I have in stock ready to ship.

 

 


 

Examples Of My Design Process

Sometimes, the hardest part is not knowing where to start, or you need to see an example to help get you going down the right path.  A good design has an element of inspiration and a story to be told.  Inspiration can come from anything: something in nature, an architectural detail, another piece of furniture or artwork, or even a combination thereof.

Please check out some of my case studies, where I discuss each project’s design process more in-depth.


Mountain Modern Front door design case study by industrial designer Brian BenhamDesigning The Mountain Modern Front Door

For this design, I was tasked to design the front door, seen on the right, to complement the decorative timber framing throughout the house.  As you can see from the final construction picture, the timber framing had some unique angles in its design that make a bold statement.

Read the full case study here.


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