“It’s cozy-modern comfort at its finest.” That’s how Kevin Sharkey, executive director of design for the Martha Stewart brand, describes MARTHA by Martha Stewart Fine Furniture, the latest collection from Martha and company. Kevin worked closely with Martha in developing the line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans, all of which are handcrafted in the USA and available only at One Kings Lane.
“The collection is designed so there is something to suit everyone’s taste—from traditional to transitional to modern silhouettes—but also so that each piece can be mixed and married beautifully with all the others,” Kevin explains. “Every piece is a timeless classic that will never look dated or out of place.”
Hand-turned legs, pleated roll arms, and brass nailhead trim are among the elements that give the designs their time-honored elegance. And as befits furniture meant to stand the test of time, each piece is constructed with longevity in mind. Frames are crafted of hardwood that’s been kiln-dried for maximum stability; the upholstery is protected with a PFAS-free technology that enhances durability; spring-coil seat construction provides long-lasting comfort. The collection “is designed for comfortable, everyday modern living—and for passing down from generation to generation,” Kevin says.
Sustainability is as foundational to the collection as durability. “It’s something that we insisted on before we began this endeavor,” Kevin says. “The wood used is locally sourced and sustainably harvested, and most of the other components are responsibly gathered and hand-assembled in the U.S. We wanted to create this collection in the most thoughtful way with the lightest impact possible on the environment.” In fact, the hardwood used is replenished for new growth at more than twice the harvesting rate.
And let’s not forget the third quality that elevates the collection: pure comfort. “So much fine furniture is beautiful to look at but rigid or awkward to sit in,” Kevin says. “With our collection, there is an extraordinary level of comfort built into each piece. Not only is the upholstery beautiful and soft to the touch, but there is also deep seating and plush cushioning with superior loft and support.”
Each of the five chair, five sofa, and two ottoman styles is available in six fabrics, including velvet, bouclé, and damask. These fabrics come in a variety of colors, all of which complement each other as well as just about any home palette. “We chose the color and fabric selections to be incredibly versatile,” Kevin adds. “There are easy-to-live with patterns and rich, neutral solids in luxe materials that look striking together. Versatility and ease are key to the whole collection.”