A solid foundation is the key to everything—especially if you’re talking about buildings or rooms. With that in mind, designer Jennifer Ridel launched Foundation, a line of furnishings with good bones and great lines that can provide a sturdy base on which to build a room.
The pieces are all handmade in Ridel’s shop, which just happens to be located behind the main showroom in Van Nuys (she sells to professional and non-pro clients alike). “We can push the quality,” she explains, and adds that all of her suppliers are local too. Her craftspeople don’t use staple guns, and the pieces all feature cotton filling, jute banding and eight-way hand ties. “You feel the difference when you sit on the furniture,” she notes.
Included in the collection are a range of pieces, from seating furniture to tables and case pieces. They’re crisp and simple with profiles that harken back to classics. In Ridel’s hands, though, they’re reinterpreted for contemporary living. For instance, the Green Street sofa suggests a classic Knole design but caning and tweaked proportions make it modern.
Besides Foundation, Ridel designs another line, Fenix, “It’s a little more fun, and I’m using different materials,” she says of the line, which serves as a playful counterpoint to the chic simplicity that Foundation embodies. Take the Jacks family, a group that includes an armchair, sofa and side chair. From the top up, they’ve got a traditional feel, but take a look at their feet. The bases are animated and lively and seem ready to scamper away.
Ridel also carries textiles, which are mostly made in Europe, although there are a couple manufactured in India and Turkey. It’s a well-curated collection that will appeal to the fabric junky in all of us, whether you’re dying for a chic bargello, an understated herringbone, a bright plaid or an exquisite linen.
For Ridel, “a good room is never finished,” and she carries the concept into her business. She’s on the look out for other designers’ work to feature in the showeoom along side her own and will be growing her lines too.