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INTRODUCTION

1x1 Modern Custom Furniture

We are a close group of woodworkers, cabinet makers and furniture designers who have been collaborating together for the past several years to provide custom-made furniture for a cherished group of individual clients and interior decorators, for their homes, their shops and their businesses.

From the start, we at 1x1 Modern Custom Furniture have focused solely on custom-made, made-to-measure, made-to-order furniture, crafted to the exact needs and specifications of our clients, made one by one as orders came in. And then we started to notice a pattern... Of course there are so many sources of amazing, beautiful furniture everywhere. Our clients and interior decorators would go and purchase their sofas and dining tables and chairs and beds from those places too. Making those "big-ticket" item decisions was easy. It was finding the right side table or console to go with that amazing sofa or bed that was the hard part. And our clients and interior decorators asked us more and more to custom-make those side tables and consoles for them, made to the exact dimensions, finished with the right wood veneer or color lacquer to complement perfectly that sofa or bed.

And then we got thinking... beyond our circle of clients and interior decorator friends, there must be so many other people who are looking for that perfect side table or console too, to go perfectly with that "big-ticket" sofa or bed that they just bought. People who want simple, elegant, modern furniture that we specialize in. People, we hope, like you. 

And so this website was born... www.1x1modern.com. Here, we tried to present you with our collection of furniture that we think you will want to have custom-made for you — the perfect side table to go with that amazing modern sofa you just bought, or the perfect console to complement that special dining table set you have, all made-to-measure, made-to-order, crafted just for you, and only after you place an order.

Another thing we want to do at 1x1 Modern is, we want to make the custom-made furniture buying and ordering process as easy and transparent as possible for you. We will provide you with upfront pricing, and we will make your order as quickly as possible — in about 5 to 7 weeks, instead of the usual 10 to 12 weeks (or months!) — and lots of communication and status updates along the way.

We kindly invite you to peruse our collection and specify the size, wood or color finish you want. If you don't see exactly what you are looking for, then please contact us to let us know and we will do whatever we can for you.

One thing we have to tell you, though, is that we are not some web-savvy, hip and cool technologists (our average age is somewhere over fifty and we don't have much money either, so we couldn't hire web developers). We made this website with off-the-shelf apps available from Shopify, in fits and starts for over six months. Compared to some other e-commerce websites, you are going to think our website is not too sophisticated, hard to use even. We hope you will be patient with us and understand, we are learning as fast as we can and we are continuing to make improvements to your experience here. We welcome your comments and suggestions.  1x1 Modern Custom Furniture

 

FAQs

Inches to centimeters

How come all the measurements in this website are in centimeters?

Yes, that is weird, right? As an American company which ships only to America, you'd think that we should use the good old U.S. Imperial system of feet and inches. And as woodworkers and cabinetmakers, we are actually more used to inches and one-eighth of inch, which is the level of precision we work to.

But unfortunately, when we got around to making this website, we found out that you cannot input fractions of an inch in this e-commerce platform that we are using. We could have limited the inputs to whole inches, but we didn't think that is the level of precision you would want for your custom-made furniture. 1 inch is eight of one eighth of an inch, or more than 2.5 cm – just not precise enough. Because 1 cm is equal to 0.39 inch, that gets you much closer to a more precisely sized custom-made furniture that you want and need.

Metric and Imperial Tape MeasureWe hope that you won't mind investing in a metric/imperial tape measure (which you can easily buy here), or a unit converter app on your smartphone (iOS and Android), so that you can give us the dimensions you want in centimeters. After all, the rest of the world is using the metric system, and we hope that you won't mind too.

If 1 cm is not enough precision for you, then we are willing to work to 1 mm (millimeter) level of precision (or the traditional 1/8th of inch precision, your choice!). Please contact us to discuss your needs.

How would we describe the quality of our furniture?

We build our furniture in the best way we know how — with blood, sweat and tears, and a whole lot of helping from table saws, joiners and CNC machines. In all seriousness, we use good woodworking techniques, we use environmentally responsible, highest rated E1 and E2 MDF boards as our substrate, covering them in your choice of 100% natural wood veneer or 100% synthetic color lacquer, and the insides of our drawers are made of solid pine boards, all with soft pull and close hardware. We would describe our furniture as like those you would find at high-end luxury modern hotels (like the W Hotels or Park Hyatt), and definitely not like those which you buy in a box and need to assemble once you get them home. As a matter of fact, most of the furniture you order from us will come fully assembled. If they do come in pieces or drawer pulls and handles are not screwed on, that's only because we didn't want them damaged during shipment to you.

Is our furniture environmentally responsible or sustainable?

We have made every effort to make deliberate choices that will minimize our negative impact on the environment. At 1x1 Modern, we make furniture out of MDF boards, which we think is more environmentally responsible because MDF boards are manufactured almost as a byproduct of leftovers from the wood industry, and unlike solid wood boards, MDF boards make use of all of the tree, not just its trunk. We use wood veneers which minimizes on consumption, since only a fraction of wood is needed to create the same outward appearance. We will continue to make decisions like these based on the environmentally responsible and sustainable thing to do in everything that we do. 

How can we make custom-made furniture in 5 to 7 weeks, instead of the usual 10 to 12 weeks (or months)?

As you may have noticed, we focus on modern furniture, with simple and elegant lines (which more often than not are straight!). So we developed the processes, templates, tools and jigs to make these types of furniture as quickly as possible. Most of the pieces are cut automatically on CNC machines and all we have to do is glue them together. We could make things faster and we often do, but at times we get a backlog and we wanted to give you a realistic schedule in terms of when you can expect your new custom-made furniture crafted just for you. In any event, you can be sure that we will communicate with you and provide you with lots of status updates along the way.

Why do we offer certain kinds of furniture and not others (such as beds, sofas and so on)?

We could offer many more types of furniture, such as beds, sofas, chairs, dining tables, and so on. But the sizes for that type of furniture are very well established (that is, a queen-size bed has to be queen size, a king-size bed has to be king size, and so on). There are so many places where you can get those types of furniture already, brick-and-mortar stores, online stores, mail order catalogs, and so on. After you get the main "big ticket" item furniture, then you might want a console or some side tables to complement it. That's when we hope you will come to www.1x1modern.com and have the console or some side tables custom-made and made-to-measure to complement your "big ticket" item furniture perfectly.

Why are adverbs used to name all 1x1 Modern furniture?

When we started off as a modern custom furniture company, it was natural for us to call ourselves "1x1" (read as "one by one"), since we make custom furniture for each customer one by one. Instead of the impersonal one-to-many conversations that most big companies engage in, we only engage in intimate conversations with people like you, our individual customers, one by one. Those conversations felt for us like we were writing letters to our customers, so from there, it then became natural for us to call our furniture the way people sign off on letters: "This has been made for you, Sincerely...", "This has been made for you, Faithfully..." and so on. It may be a little cheesy and we may run out of appropriate adverbs to use as names for our furniture, but there you have it. Really.

Where are we based?

We are based in a non-descript warehouse in an industrial section of Costa Mesa, California. We love it here because we can make as much noise as we like and we can keep our loading bay doors open all year long to let the cool California breezes in. We are a global business and get our supplies from all over the world. With enough sales success, we hope to open a public showroom soon, so that we can invite you to come and visit us. In the meantime you can contact us or call us at (949) 392-6279 and we will respond to you as soon as we can.  1x1 Modern Custom Furniture

1x1 Modern Custom Furniture Workshop

 

CONTACT

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You also have a choice of:

  • Send us an e-mail message to sales@1x1modern.com
      
  • Call us at (949) 392-6279 between the hours of 8 AM to 6 PM U.S. Pacific Time, Mondays to Fridays
      
  • Mail us at:       1x1 Modern Custom Furniture
                             4790 Irvine Boulevard, Unit 105-D
                             Irvine, CA 92620
  • Visit us at our workshop (by appointment only):
                             1x1 Modern Custom Furniture
                             365-A Clinton St
                             Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We look forward to hearing from you.  1x1 Modern Custom Furniture