IT TAKES A TRIBE!
September 30, 2015
We all have heard the idiom "it takes a village"…in our case, it took a “tribe” of amazing people to build a chair worthy of the Chair Affair charity auction benefiting the Furniture Bank of Toronto.
The Tribe Chair began life in small town northern India, where a family of artisans handcrafted it from recycled solid mango wood. The artisans took our vision and made it a reality. When we found out the theme of this year’s Chair Affair was “From our home to yours,” we knew this handsome, grand chair would be the perfect gift from us to this worthy cause. Now, all that was left to do was to give it some TLC after its long journey across the oceans to get here.
Over coffee one afternoon, we shared the story of this chair with our dear friend Jacqueline from Ultra Luxe Linens and wouldn’t you know it, she jumped at the opportunity of transforming this chair from its homely looks into a “Designer Chair”. If you know Jackie, you know she’s a woman of action! She immediately set about helping us decide on new fabric for upholstery and did she come through! Nothing but the best would do and so she got some exquisite Jonathan Adler fabrics from Kravet (Chair front - Acid Palm Surf; Chair back, sides and arm - Meta Confetti) and we had a lot of fun deciding on these fabrics. We took the chair and the fabric and went to the immensely talented upholstering duo of Doug and Nancy from Extreme Upholstery. You will not meet finer people. Working under a time crunch, they did not compromise the high quality craftsmanship they are known for. You have our utmost respect and unwavering gratitude for your work on the Tribe Chair. So thank you to our beloved artisans in India, thank you Jackie, thank you Kravet and thank you Doug & Nancy. It really does take a tribe!
And finally, a huge thank you to the Furniture Bank, for helping families transition out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, refugees and newcomers to Canada...one piece of furniture at a time. We are honoured to be in your tribe.