Portland furniture makers chosen for Plaza Hotel

Portland furniture makers chosen for Plaza Hotel

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by Joe Smith, KGW business reporter

kgw.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 6:37 AM

PORTLAND - Several Portland businesses are playing a part to craft furniture for New York's famed Plaza Hotel.

The Plaza set the standard for white glove service. So to be chosen to help continue that history is a very big deal.

Inside a workshop at Mallet Bespoke Furniture in Northwest Portland, it's more like Santa's workshop.

Bespoke roughly means one-of-a-kind, like a fine tailored suit. Everyone at the shop is working on a very tight deadline.

Hand-crafted chairs, tables, and sofas must be completed, 250 pieces in all, and shipped in time for the August grand re-opening of Plaza Palm Court restaurant.

Several local companies will have a hand in completing the project including staining, upholstery and brass fittings.

"This is the pinnacle of furniture in my opinion to have this opportunity, we're really excited," said Mike Manion, head designer for Mallet Bespoke Furniture.

Five additional craftsmen were added to get the job done.

The project has been in the works for several months. But, once the contracts were signed, Mallet Bespoke only had four weeks to get all the work done.

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