I truly wish that I wrote this review earlier. There was a particular moment when a reflective assessment would have better served Louie in terms of positive marketing and useful feedback (then again, the pictures are a glowing endorsement that a thousand words would fail to convey). Specifically, when we were waiting for the final product, as first-time customers, we were experiencing an excitement comparable to the anticipation that a child feels waiting for Christmas morning. By that point, we had already discussed our vision and seen pivotal parts of the process. In addition to photos taken at different stages of fabrication, we were invited to visit Louie's workroom and see the artistic touches that transformed an ergonomic coffee table into an industrial chic piece that demands attention. To see "how the sausage is made" gave us a greater appreciation for Louie's application of experience and knowledge as well as his investment of superior materials. Once this item arrived (on time might I add), we quickly started brainstorming ideas for other rooms. We are so happy with the products and overall experience.
When you decide that you want a piece of furniture that projects your signature style by a person who will ensure that the high-quality material and craftsmanship will last for years to come, then call Louie. Even if you do no have a clear idea of how the object will fit into your design scheme, contact Louie and let him participate in the discussion regarding architecture, function and texture. The creativity that he invests in that discussion will manifest itself in the construction. This aspect separates this artisan from others; especially the big stores that only offer a 'one size fits all' object that is more suitable for a catalog page than a home. After the first consultation, your expectations and excitement will intensify with each conversation and picture. His communication was a key factor in producing a custom-made fixture of our family room. Also, keep this advice in mind: whatever you choose to commission will be cost-effective when you take into account the unique nature and durability.
Good luck and enjoy your one-of-a-kind purchase from a person who will deliver artistry, quality and execution.