Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
J. Robert Scott, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sally Sirkin Lewis, the company’s Founder and President has been granted a U.S. Utility Patent for her Ombré furniture finishing technique. Over the course of her career, Ms. Lewis’ exceptional designs have earned more than 150 design patents, the first one awarded in February 1986. This is her first utility patent.
For more than four decades, J. Robert Scott, Inc., the internationally known American luxury furniture and textile manufacturer, continues to be a respected source in the design community for bespoke hand-made furnishings. The Ombré finish process was introduced in 2010 after years in development, “I am intrigued by the transparent effect of watercolors, and I wanted to translate the concept of a seamless color transition to wood veneer,” explains Ms. Lewis. The resulting finishes accentuate the inherent characteristics of the wood and exhibit subtle gradients in intensity and shade from light to dark, producing a distinctive, individual effect on each veneer.
In French, the word ombré means shadow or shade. The term, ombré is commonly used in the field of textiles to refer to a color effect that is generally produced by arranging different tones of threads or fibers in the warp of a woven fabric. The innovative concept had never been attempted as a decorative furniture finish prior to Ms. Lewis’ inventive achievement. Ombré finish is not limited by “design,” rather the finish can be applied to a range of furnishings, and in various settings, including paneling in private aircraft, yachts, and corporate interiors. Presently, the Ombré finishes represent 10% of the overall finish options offered by the company.
The nature of the hand-applied, progressive coloration to the wood surface creates one-of-a-kind results. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov/ following three years of examination has validated the proprietary technique and granted the Patent (U.S. Patent No. 8,529,984) on September 10, 2013 and will remain in force for 20 years.
ABOUT SALLY SIRKIN LEWIS AND J. ROBERT SCOTT, INC.
J. Robert Scott, Inc. the American luxury home furnishings manufacturer was founded in 1972 in Los Angeles by Hall of Fame designer Sally Sirkin Lewis. The company was born out of Ms. Lewis’ desire to provide her clients with contemporary, well made furnishings that met her uncompromising standards of quality and beauty. Her understated, signature style has become known as “California Design.” To this day, she serves as the President of the company, which has established itself as an influential design force around the world, with company owned showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, and London, and representation in 16 cities in 9 countries.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lewis has been awarded more than 150 U.S. Design Patents, and one Utility Patent for her furnishings which are manufactured by hand in the 70,000 square foot factory in Inglewood, California. Through her guidance and direction, J. Robert Scott has gained recognition as an exceptional resource for custom design furniture. It is rare to find a company that can modify any of their existing items, or create an entirely new piece, tailored to the specific needs of their clientele. It is not unusual to see skilled craftsmen, many of whom have been with Ms. Lewis for more than 20 years, hand sewing the edges of a sofa or patiently applying gold leafing to a console. The techniques used are the traditional construction methods that date back to the Renaissance, these talented craftsmen are truly modern day artisans.
J. Robert Scott is well known in the interior design industry for utilizing rare and exotic veneers, as well as Shagreen, snake and goatskin parchment in the manufacturing of its products. The textile division offers a distinctive range of hand-woven silks, silk mohair, wools, velvets and JRS Superkidskinä among nearly 700 couture-quality luxury fabrics, in the most appealing and contemporary colorways. Furniture and textiles designed by Sally Sirkin Lewis for J. Robert Scott are instantly recognized for their beauty and valued for their quality, the essence of the company’s commitment to producing “Furniture as an Art Form.”
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