Lloyd’s Custom Furniture

Best Upholsterer, September 2006

For the past 30 years, Anthony Kafesjian has worked at Lloyd’s Custom Furniture, a small shop that his father opened in 1969, and has mastered everything from reupholstering oval-shaped Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, which he says is “like tailoring a suit for a jellyfish,” to stripping a leather Chesterfield sofa to its bones and starting from scratch. He covers more than furniture: A Saudi royal recently hired him to upholster the walls and ceiling of a 20,000-square-foot room in a mansion on the Red Sea in bamboo and lauhala, a coarse Hawaiian matting. Kafesjian is comfortable working with any material, be it a vintage tapestry or $1,400-a-yard leopard-print velvet. The price of each project is based on how long it takes to complete. Lucky for us, he works fast.