Custom Design Services

Chicago based custom design services for your next interior design project

Product development that will exceed expectations

   Custom designed bench upholstered with African Kuba cloth
  Custom designed bench upholstered with African Kuba cloth

On occasion, your discerning tastes may require complete innovation. Our product development team will work with you to bring any concept from hand-carved wall panels, to contemporary steel chandeliers to modern armchairs into reality, making PRIMITIVE one of your most important design resources. Our sales team also offers interior design consultation, research and photography services so that your collection is securely documented and integrated into your busy lifestyle. 

PRIMITIVE frequently encounters projects that require custom design per client application. We realize that no two rooms are alike, and neither are their respective client's needs. Working to integrate your collections with any living space is part of what we strive for with every project.

TV Lift Cabinet   
Old meets new with this custom flatscreen TV lift cabinet

We create custom interior design and products that bridge collections with living spaces. Some of our custom work includes:

Custom repurposed textiles and upholstery: Tribal textiles, some of which can reach over twenty feet in length, are sometimes difficult to appreciate in conventional ways. Repurposing these unique cloths provide artistic solutions, such as applying them as upholstery to contemporary chairs and benches or designing custom throw pillows and tapestries.

Small to large-scale custom carving: In addition to the original hand-carved walls of the Five Elements Library, the chandelier was also custom designed and created by our in-house metal and restoration departments. From initial sketches to the final product, our team supports the project every step of the way.

Retrofitting one-of-a-kind antiques: One of the more unique custom works we do is enhancing antique furniture in functional ways to better meet daily needs. Without diminishing the character of the antique, modern components are added such as television lift mechanisms or supports for home entertainment systems. Old and new can be appreciated together or separately with this approach to custom design.

PRIMITIVE Custom designed chandelier Sketch of Custom chandelier design Custom designed and hand-painted lotus base
Custom designed chandelier, alongside initial sketch; custom designed and hand-painted lotus base
Blog Posts
  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
  2. Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving Glen Joffe 11-Aug-2017
  3. Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room Glen Joffe 04-Aug-2017
  4. Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi Glen Joffe 28-Jul-2017
Stories & Descriptions

Discover more information about the culture and history behind many of these beautiful select objects, artifacts, antiques and furnishings–click here

“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER