With Massimiliano Strati, the U.S. Export Manager for Lema, we headed thirty minutes outside of Milan to a small factory in Meda, where the company sews and assembles sofas and upholstered furniture. Here, with factory director Angelo Bonacina, we previewed a small portion of the 1,500 linear meters of fabric that would become the sofas in AKA West Hollywood’s 110 furnished apartments. Supplied by Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat, all 1,500 meters of the Fiord fabric in color #171 (a medium dark gray) would be inspected by hand to ensure only the highest quality.
Partially upholstered Bea armchairs are still in need of their metal leg bases. In true Italian fashion, every piece of furniture is named—sometimes nonsensically—creating a fun, whimsical atmosphere in the factory.