- How can I buy Kravet products?
Kravet sells its products exclusively "to the trade," and does not sell to the general public.
- What is "to the trade"?
The complexities of the products bought and sold in the interior design industry are simplified by the "to the trade" selling model. In our case, this means that our products are sold only to interior designers and licensed industry professionals.
A designer can save you thousands of dollars in one room by preventing costly mistakes. Designers have been trained in scale, proportion, balance, color, texture, and product quality, all of which are essential to a successful design project and a beautiful home.
The "to the trade" model ensures that the process of buying cut fabric and custom furniture is handled by a trained specialist.
- How do I find a designer or trade professional?
There are many ways to find an interior designer. First, ask around. Your friends and colleagues may have experience working with a designer they recommend, which is the ultimate endorsement. Interior design magazines, both local and national, can provide not only project inspiration but also the names of prominent working designers around the country. Local trade showrooms in your area, including Kravet, work with many designers and can provide a recommendation.
Websites like Houzz and ELLE DECOR have designer registries. You can search for a designer in your area and view portfolio images to get a sense for the aesthetic of each designer. Designer referrals are also available through the following Designer Organizations:
- American Society of Interior Design (ASID) 404-231-3938
- International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 404-812-0566
- International Furniture Design Association (IFDA) 404-324-7019
Most interior designers have their own websites that show images of their work and contact information for getting in touch.
- What should I look for when hiring a designer?
It is often best to use a designer who works locally in your area. He or she will have established relationships with trusted local resources, for example, a contractor, an upholsterer, a wallpaper hanger, etc. that will make the project run smoothly.
Designers can be hired for just one hour, perhaps to select a paint color or a sofa, or to work on an entire home or office project. There are many design professionals in various disciplines of the trade for you to choose from whose specialties range from contemporary to traditional, residential to commercial, first homes to vacation homes.
Ultimately, it’s important to work with a designer you feel understands your needs, is capable of executing the vision you have for the project and is willing to work within your budget.
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