How do you find Abode’s bespoke/made-to-order service?
Swee Lim: The pandemic has resulted in extensive lead times for production. With Abode manufacturing locally, I can receive a custom order with an in-stock fabric in approximately five to ten days. An extraordinarily quick turnaround!
Would you take advantage of the option to source your own fabric from Abode’s Italian suppliers to create a custom order? How would this help your work?
Swee Lim: Absolutely. Clients are very particular about their beds in terms of quality and comfort. Like their furniture, they want something unique that is specifically tailored to their tastes. Also, Abode doesn’t have restrictions with their off-the-shelf products, which are usually very limited in colour options.
What is your favourite product within the Abode collection?
Swee Lim: An absolute favourite is their Nova sateen range. My bedroom is my haven for relaxation, and I use this range myself. It is the ultimate in luxury and softness – made from the finest Italian fabric with a 375 thread count. What I love are the 70 colour options I can choose from. If I style a bed for example, in the soft greys and blues from the charcoal range, I have eight different colours to choose from, delivering the exact outcome I’m seeking. In addition, I can layer bedlinen in different tones to get a rich, layered look while using contrasting colours as accents. This really opens up options to create a sophisticated and refined look.
What impresses you most about Abode?
Swee Lim: I would have to say their commitment to Australian design and production. They are a family business with long term, dedicated staff. Their use of the finest quality fabrics from Italy and the level of detail (right down to the hemstitch detail) mean they’re a company I will enjoy working with for many years to come.