When interior designer Betsy Burnham decided to launch her own furniture line, Wardrobe by Burnham Design,
she looked no further than her own closet for inspiration. “I wanted to offer pieces in some of my favorite fabrics, including denims, chambrays, army and twill—all stuff I like to wear,” says Burnham, a former menswear designer for Gap whose 14-year-old namesake firm counts the Wallace Neff estate in Pasadena and a 15,000-square-foot residence in Lake Huron, Mich., as projects. “I think all interior designers do at least one custom piece per job. I had all these designs and tear sheets from vintage pieces that I had collected and found at auctions,” she says. The result is a locally made line of finely tailored lounge chairs, sofas and dining chairs, each made-to-order with handcrafted upholstery. For Burnham, fashion and furniture design are inextricably linked: “My goal was to do something classic, but fresh, and it’s sort of the same when thinking about your wardrobe,” she says. “You don’t want to be so trendy that you have to throw everything away; you want it to last.” wardrobebyburnhamdesign.com.
Written by Danielle DiMeglio, Leilani Marie Labong and Jessica Ritz.
PHOTO: Teri Lyn Fisher.