I've been doing a little design consulting with some friends on minor matters such as new dining room chairs to go with the new round glass dining table they recently purchased. Also, some rearranging of furnishings and adding some accent tables here and there.
Yesterday was a fun day. I took them to a chair manufacturer to look at the different styles that he makes.
It is a modest retail space. Right behind the retail space is where he makes the chairs and tables among other things.
Mostly made out of mesquite, the wood is beautiful when finished. The furniture is very sturdy as well.
The casual style chair that was what I wanted to show to them is not only used by eight restaurants in Houston but was featured in a design magazine about a year ago! The owner had never seen the color photos from the magazine article until I was able to share them with him yesterday. He grinned from ear to ear.
Then when I mentioned that I had known either his aunt or grandmother, Ninfa Laurenzo, a very famous woman in Texas who has passed on, he again was grinning. Needless to say, we established a relationship. He also remembered and mentioned that I had brought someone else about a year ago to look at furniture and placed a sizable order. I was surprised that he remembered me.
After we finished looking at the chairs, talking about modifications to the seat size and finishes and pricing, we left to head back to San Miguel.
We passed a vendor with chairs sitting on the side of the road. Webbed chairs that I have only seen in beach communities on the Pacific Ocean. We did a turnaround and went back. I grabbed my camera.