Our Approach

About Nicole Crowder Upholstery
"I want to create work that resonates energetically as well as aesthetically."
 
Nicole Crowder Upholstery is a modern furniture design and upholstery studio that designs custom furniture for hotels, restaurants, design firms, and mixed-use spaces. Nicole sources, concepts, and reupholsters modern furniture and mixes it with eclectic textiles from around the world.
Our studio was established on January 31st, 2017 as a makeshift studio operating from within Nicole's one-bedroom. Within two years we moved into our first design studio along DC's historic Georgia Avenue in NW. And within one year of that, in November 2019, we moved into our brand new industrial studio space surrounded by fellow  DC-based artisans along the Arts Walk in Brookland in NE.
With an emphasis on slow creation and design, our studio continues to evolve as we develop new products and design experiences. In October 2019 we opened our first PopUp furniture and home decor experience in partnership with The Department of Small and Local Business and Van Ness Main Streets. 
 
The inspiration behind our designs span from the concrete to the nebulous. We utilize inspiration from fashion, travel, the natural color palettes found in fruits, architecture to our ancestors in order to create bespoke upholstered furniture and soft furnishings that not only enhance but activate an environment.
Nicole works independently to design, source and reupholster each piece of furniture and article of fabric by hand. The experience allows her to be meticulous and detailed with executing each signature piece.
Nicole's work has been featured in Modern Luxury DC, The Washington Post, Washington Life Magazine, Washingtonian, DC Modern Luxe magazine, Design* Sponge, and has been sold in West Elm in Washington, D.C. In March 2019 she was named to Washington Life Magazine's 40 Under 40 Washingtonians.
A short list of her clientele include:
CLIENTS:
Rosewood Hotel
Osteria Morini 
Ethel's Club
Creative Theory
The British Embassy
Framebridge
Naturalist Audubon Society
Woodlawn Pope-Leighey Estate
To inquire about how we can collaborate on upholstering furniture or activating your space please e-mail our studio at crowder.nicole@gmail.com