Jun 13, 2007
Store closed

Update: iExpress has closed since the publication of this store review.

iExpress downtown specializes in Euro-esque custom furniture, featuring boxy upholstery, platform beds, contemporary lighting, storage pieces, coffee tables and dining-rooms that are modeled after more pricey modern designer styles you'll see at places like Ligne Roset.

They were recommended to us for their custom upholstery service, through which you can order sofas, armchairs and sectionals in over 600 fabrics and in any size you require -- so long as it's not too radically different from the proportions of their floor samples.

Styles range from the commodious bee Lounge to the vaguely Deco Chicago, and their 4 - 6 week lead times are short compared to Crate & Barrel's 10-week marathons.

We hear that the customer service is uneven, but if you're willing to take a chance on that, you can enjoy prices that are very competitive: a friend had them make two extra long microfiber couches for $3,200.

Citysearch's Gina Goff describes iExpress as a "stylish showroom," and Gizmodo's resident couch potato/writer Brian Lam bought iExpress's bee Lounge in a spill-proof suede microfiber. It cost "as much as a small plasma," but Brian reports that it was well worth it.

There are a number of places that do custom work down in the Ninth Street furniture ghetto. Does anyone have experience with iExpress or with any of the others?

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