What is studio furniture?

Studio furniture is a specialized niche of the furniture market. Due to the many unique and varied ways for a craftsperson to participate in this field, it is tricky to assign a fixed definition. However, there are some common elements that we can look at to understand what studio furniture is. Pieces made are often one-of-a-kind, or limited edition and are usually built in smaller scale shops with few or no employes. Evidence of the makers mark, not only in style, but also in workmanship is usually evident. Often, studio furniture is difficult to mass produce because of the high level of attention given in making the work and the level of detail created by the human hand.

How do I care for my Meredith Nicole Furniture?

Furniture should be used and enjoyed. To help your piece age with grace follow these guidelines:

Limit direct sunlight exposure. Over exposure can cause your wooden and upholstered furniture to fade and/or discolour.

To clean wood, simply use a damp (not wet) soft cloth and wipe down. Do not use cleaners containing bleach, ammonia, or abrasives as they can discolor and or scratch the finish.

Upholstery, both leather and fabric, should be vacuumed regularly.

For spills on upholstery, blot immediately with a clean folded towel: never rub and do not use detergents.

Ink from moist newsprint and plastic bags may penetrate the wood or fabric and cause discoloration.

Apply a light coat of wax once a year. I use Clapham's natural Beeswax, www.claphams.com. Excessive waxing may result in white rings being left from drinking containers or cups.

If waxing wood on furniture with upholstery use a cloth to cover upholstery which may come in contact of wax.

What does the custom order process look like?

First, you and I will hold a complimentary consultation, either by phone or in person where I will listen to your stories, inspirations, values, furniture needs and budget. I will then reflect on your words and spend a few inspired days creating sketches. We then look at the sketches and smooth out a design you love, and it is at this time I require a $100 design fee. Then I devote a few days making mock-ups, sourcing possible woods, work out the project cost and estimate a time for completion. We now have one more consultation to discuss the finer details and once you have signed off on the final design I will commence work and require you to invest 50% of the total project cost. Durning the actual building of the piece, scheduled meetings at the studio can be arranged and are encouraged! If this is not possible, I will email images of the work in progress. Upon completion of your Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture, delivery options are discussed. Thank you, and I look forward to discussing how we can make a uniquely you piece of furniture.

Is Meredith Nicole furniture free of toxins?

I use toxic free materials and building practices as often as possible.

I do not use MDF (pressed board) in any of my projects. MDF typically contains arsenic and formaldehyde and can off gas for up to 5 years.

I use non-toxic, white glue for construction.

I primarily use shellack, plant based oils and bees wax for my finishes.

By using hand tools to accomplish a majority of my work, I make a smaller foot print.

I employ a strict waste management policy from design through to completion.

What do you mean certain words were inscribed during the making of the piece?

When I design a piece I look for the spinal cord, in other words the main source of inspiration. I write down and draw out these inspirations so I have a reference point. I make a vision board and I reference it throughout the process to create unity in the work. Whatever words are the inspiration words, the spinal cord, I write them somewhere on the core of the piece during the construction process. These words are photographed and given to the client and are often the only possible way to see them after the piece is complete.

What is the Meredith Nicole Scholarship?

It is my duty as a craftsperson to ensure there are trained and passionate successors in the art of fine woodworking and I invite you to help support this cause. 5% of all Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture sales goes to the Meredith Nicole Scholarship Fund, helping future woodworking artisans invest in training. For more information or to make a donation please email scholarship@meredithnicole.com

What type of guarantee does Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture come with?

Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture presents the original purchaser of this product a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material or workmanship. Wood is a living material and checks are not considered a defect.

All finishes, fabrics and leather are warranted for one year from purchase.

This warranty only covers defects from normal household use and conditions. Non-residential use is not covered under this warranty.

This warranty does not cover damage from misuse, neglect, incorrect maintenance and abuse or application of any after factory applied treatment. Common causes of damage: Heat directly applied to surfaces. Direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Cyclic changes in temperature. Liquid spills if promptly not removed. Please, see care instructions for further information on how to care for your furniture.

In order to be eligible for service under this warranty you must sign the warranty accompanying your Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture and return within 30 days of receiving your Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture purchase.

This warranty begins on the day of purchase. In the event that a problem arises from a defect during the warranty time, your product will be repaired or replaced without charge except for any cost incurred to transport the product to and from Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture. Prior to any repair or replacement, the item must be inspected by an authorized representative of Meredith Nicole Studio Furniture. If your product is repaired or replaced this warranty will be renewed.

What are my payment options? Do you have layaway?

For information on investing in custom work please see the custom work section at the beginning of this FAQ page. For pieces already made and available, payments accepted are cash or pay pal, as well as a layaway option.