About Iliad Bespoke


ILIAD Design bespoke creates elegant and imaginative contemporary and period-inspired furniture to the specifications of our private and design industry clients. With our experience as world-class purveyors of original furnishings from the Biedermeier, Neoclassical, and Art Deco eras with ateliers in New York and Prague, ILIAD brings an intimate understanding of historical and modern design to the repertoire.  Conceived and launched in 2001 by MFA sculptor and founder Andrea Zemel – the segue from antiques to design and from showroom to the studio was an intuitive response to industry demand.

Inspired by the idioms of Classism and Modernism, Zemel’s imagination and breadth of experience are balanced by the technical expertise and creative verve of managing director Barnaby Haughey. Blending old world craftsmanship with innovative 21st century techniques and processes, ILIAD Design conceives and produces superlative original designs for the discriminating client, bringing a level of aesthetic virtuosity and technical insight to every creation.


The Process

ILIAD sees design as collaboration; having evolved from the practical needs of architects, collectors, and interior designers to accommodate period genre furniture to the demands of the contemporary setting, from conception through fabrication, involvement in the creative process is encouraged. Many of our unique single item production commissions look to the periods that inspire them. Priming the imagination through creative dialogue and a vast array of visual resources, years of exposure to original examples of period furniture, are complemented by our art historical reference library and detailed photographic documentation from our database of images from ILIAD’s prior collections. Tabula rasa creations are enthusiastically welcomed, while equally, existing designs from our current portfolio can be modified to suit the needs of situational requirements. Once the criteria for a prospective design is established, a number of sketches and scale drawings are rendered by hand before arriving at a final plan that is digitally rendered.


To Your Specifications

The choice of materials including sumptuous veneers and unique hardware are often the most spectacular feature of a realized design. ILIAD devotes a great deal of care and attention to these while presenting the client with a range of options. Creating digital mock-ups for prospective designs – scale drawing are digitally overlaid with images of existing veneer flitches, stone, glass or metal, to present simulations of possible surface configurations and wood grain patterns. Details like veneer cross banding and book matched panels are explored, as are decorative elements like perimeter inlays or marquetry. Additional detailing such as metal leaf, parchments/hides, marble insets, metal trims/millwork, or hand carved accents are discussed and integrated. Customized hardware mechanisms and mounts can be chosen from our existing portfolio, or can be uniquely designed using drawings and our own 3D printer to prototype cast or hand forged designs.

Managing Directors


Andrea Zemel

Andrea received her MFA in Printmaking & Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, teaching there prior to opening ILIAD Antik in 2000. With over 25 years of experience as a sculptor and artist, and 15 years experience as a premier dealer of period furniture and decorative arts, it was a natural progression for her to move from showroom back to the studio, and to enter the realm of period-inspired and contemporary furniture design.  A skilled draughtsman, Zemel’s proficient and compelling renderings give life to the design process; her in-depth understanding of the human form give her unique insights into proportion and form that are essential to both the design and nuanced scaling of a masterfully conceived piece of furniture.  A former educator, she is able to communicate process to layperson and professional alike with ease and competence; and as both purveyor and businesswoman, she is sensitive to the complex demands of the architecture and design industry and the special needs of clients.


Barnaby Haughey

Barney has spent over five years training in our Prague atelier to learn the art of fine period furniture restoration, finishing, and construction. Third-generation in the line of a family antiques business in the U.K., Barney has worked in the industry for more than 15 years. His in-depth understanding of restoration techniques has shaped his technical insight into the design process. An expert in international logistics and fine art handling and as client liaison, he oversees every project from the start to final installation.

3D Modeling and Bespoke Hardware Design


Breaking out of the mold, Iliad’s design team has advanced its proto-type process while expanding its toolbox, turning to the latest in 3D printing technology to expand the creative palate. Substantially facilitating the collaborative dialogue in new and exciting ways, as a “think-pad” for the sculptor with every iteration of each potential design, in-house 3D modeling and 3D printing has dramatically enhanced ILIAD’s ability to both conceive and fabricate compelling furniture and imaginative hardware – rendering creative “draft” solutions in real time and real space.

 

3d processs

Terms & Conditions of Sale


Standard Terms and Conditions for the Sale of Goods by Iliad Design, LLC

These “Standard Terms of Sale” are applicable to all price quotations, delivery schedules, purchase orders, invoices and other promises, covenants, offers or acceptances (“Agreements”) concerning the sale of goods (“Goods”) by Iliad Design, LLC (“Iliad Design”), and are the only terms and conditions that apply to such Agreements, except as specifically set forth in writing and signed by the Managing Member of Iliad Design. Customer agrees that Customer’s payment of a Deposit to Iliad Design or Customer’s acceptance of any Goods furnished by Iliad Design shall constitute Customer’s final acceptance of these Standard Terms of Sale. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between these Standard Terms of Sale and any other Agreements, these Standard Terms and Conditions shall control. As used herein, “Customer” shall mean the purchaser and his/her/its representatives, employees or agents.

1. Prices.

(a) Prices are all quoted in denominations of United States’ Dollars. Unless otherwise stated in writing, prices as quoted by Iliad Design are firm for thirty (30) days from the date of the Invoice. A 50% non-refundable deposit (“Deposit”) is required for all orders and the remaining 50% payment shall be made upon completion of manufacture and prior to shipment. Iliad Design reserves the right to correct any error in prices. Payment shall be made in United States dollars by bank transfer or check, provided that payment by check shall be deemed to have been made only when the amount of the check is credited to Iliad Design’s account. Late charges shall be added at the rate of 1-½% per month on any past due Invoice. (b) The price for the Goods does not include (a) transportation, crating or shipping charges, special packaging, insurance or other services (“Shipping Charges”); or (b) sales, use, excise, value added or other taxes, customs duties, tariffs, or special assessments (“Taxes and Duties”). All Shipping Charges and Taxes and Duties shall be specified by Iliad Design either on the Customer’s Invoice or, if the charges are unknown at the time of initial invoicing, estimated by Iliad Design and billed to Customer prior to shipping. In any event, Customer shall be solely responsible for the payment of all Shipping Charges and Taxes and Duties. Customer should notify Iliad Design if it wishes to make its own arrangements with respect to the foregoing.

2. Customer Approval.

When required by Iliad Design, Iliad Design will provide customer with samples of the color and/or finish of the Goods which must be approved in writing by Customer prior to manufacture thereof. Such approval shall constitute final approval of Customer of the color and/or finish of the Goods.

3. Customer Inspection Upon Delivery of Goods.

Upon Customer’s receipt of Goods, Customer shall immediately inspect the Goods. Unless Customer provides Iliad Design with written notice of any claim for visible defects in the Goods within five (5) days after receipt of shipment, such Goods shall be deemed finally inspected, checked and accepted by Customer.

4. Delivery / Risk of Loss.

Iliad Design shall use reasonable commercial efforts to make delivery of Goods within the time specified on the Invoice. Unless otherwise specified by Customer in writing, Iliad Design shall use its own discretion in choice of carrier, method of packing and insurance. All shipments are F.O.B. the original shipping point and risk of loss shall pass to Customer at such time as possession of such Goods is given by Iliad Design to a transportation carrier. ANY AND ALL CLAIMS FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO GOODS IN TRANSIT MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DELIVERING CARRIER AND NOTED ON THE DELIVERY RECEIPT. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OF CLAIM. CUSTOMER SHALL ALSO NOTIFY ILIAD DESIGN IMMEDIATELY.

5. Cancellations and Returns.

Orders may not be terminated, cancelled or modified, or shipment deferred after Customer has made the Deposit, except by written consent of Iliad Design. Because the Goods are made to order, Iliad Design does not accept returns. However, Iliad Design may, at its sole discretion, arrange for re-sale on consignment or other terms specified solely by Iliad Design.

6. Force Majeure.

Iliad Design shall not be liable or otherwise responsible for any damage, loss, fault, or expenses arising out of any delay in manufacture, shipment or other non-performance of any Agreements caused or imposed by strikes, fires, disasters (natural or otherwise), riots, acts of terrorism; intervention of government, war or threat of war, sanctions, blockades, embargoes; acts of Customer; shortages of labor, fuel, power, materials, supplies, transportation, or manufacturing facilities; governmental action, subcontractor delay or any other cause, condition or circumstance beyond Iliad Design’s reasonable control (collectively, “Force Majeure”). If there is a delay or nonperformance due to Force Majeure, then Iliad Design may, at its option, and without liability, revoke all or any portion of the Invoice and/or extend any date upon which any performance thereunder is due.

7. Limited Warranty / Disclaimer of Warranties.

The parties expressly agree that Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy against the Iliad Design shall be for the repair and replacement of defective Goods as provided herein. THE WARRANTIES SET FORTH BELOW ARE IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ALL OF WHICH ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. NO AFFIRMATION OF ILIAD DESIGN, BY WORDS OR ACTION, OTHER THAN AS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, NOR ANY ADDITIONAL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, MADE BY ILIAD DESIGN TO CUSTOMER SHALL CONSTITUTE A WARRANTY HEREUNDER. Iliad Design’s warranty does not apply to any Goods that have been subjected to misuse, mishandling, misapplication, neglect (including but not limited to improper maintenance and exposure to heat, humidity, moisture or any other condition which may damage the Goods), accident, improper installation, modification (including but not limited to use of unauthorized parts or attachments), or adjustment or repair performed by anyone other than Iliad Design or its authorized agents. Any claim by Customer with reference to the Goods sold pursuant to the Invoice shall be deemed waived by the Customer unless submitted in writing to Iliad Design within the earlier of (i) five (5) days following the date Customer discovered, or by reasonable inspection should have discovered, any claimed breach of the foregoing warranty, or (ii) thirty (30) days following the date of shipment by Iliad Design to Customer. Any cause of action for breach of the foregoing warranty shall be brought within one (1) year from the date the alleged breach was discovered or should have been discovered, whichever occurs first.

8. Limitation of Liability.

ILIAD DESIGN WILL IN NO EVENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO ANY PERSON, WHETHER BASED UPON BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR ANY OTHER THEORY. “CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES” FOR PURPOSES HEREOF SHALL INCLUDE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF USE, INCOME OR PROFIT, OR LOSSES SUSTAINED AS THE RESULT OF INJURY (INCLUDING DEATH) TO ANY PERSON OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PROPERTY HANDLED OR PROCESSED BY THE USE OF THE GOODS).

9. Intellectual Property and Trademarks.

(a) The design of the Goods, together with any technical information, know how, patents, trade secrets and copyrightable matter developed by Iliad Designs in connection with the Goods is and shall at all times remain the sole and exclusive property of Iliad Design. Nothing in these Standard Terms of Sale shall be construed as giving or granting Customer any rights to the designs or other intellectual property of Iliad Designs. (b) The purchase of Goods from Iliad Design does not entitle Customer to use, register, or otherwise identify Customer or its business with the name, trademark, service mark or other identity of Iliad Design without express written permission from Iliad Design. All such marks and goodwill associated with such marks remain the sole and exclusive property of Iliad Design.

10. Breach by Customer.

In addition to the rights and remedies conferred upon Iliad Design by law or in equity, Iliad Design shall not be required to proceed with the fulfillment of any Invoice or the performance of any term of these Standard Terms and Conditions if Customer is in default in the performance of its obligations.

11. Construction.

(a) These Standard Terms of Sale, together with the terms and conditions contained on the face side of Iliad Design’s Invoice, constitute the entire agreement between Iliad Design and Customer with respect to the matters contained therein, and supersede all prior oral or written representations, proposals, correspondence, discussions, negotiations and agreements. (b) If any provision of these Standard Terms of Sale is deemed invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction or under any statute, regulation, ordinance, executive agreement or other rule of law, such provision shall be deleted or modified, at the election of Customer and Ilaid Design, but only to the extent necessary to comply with such ruling, statute, regulation, ordinance, agreement or rule, and the remaining provisions of these Standard Terms of Sale and the Invoice shall remain in full force and effect. (c) A waiver by either party of any breach or failure to enforce any term or condition of these Standard Terms of Sale shall not in any way affect, limit or waive such party’s right at any time to enforce strict compliance with that or any other term or condition of these Standard Terms of Sale. (d) These Standard Terms of Sale shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties’ respective heirs, successors and assigns, provided, however, that any attempted assignment by Customer or assignment by Customer of These Standard Terms of Sale without Iliad Design’s prior written consent shall be void from inception. (e) These Standard Terms of Sale shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, USA, without regard to principles of conflicts of law or to the United Nations Convention on International Sales of Goods (CISG), the latter being specifically disclaimed by Customer and Iliad Design. Any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or related to the Invoice, these Standard Terms of Sale or the subject matter hereof shall be brought only in the courts located in the county in which Iliad Design has its principal place of business at the time of filing of such action, suit or proceeding, and Customer hereby unconditionally and irrevocably consents and submits to such exclusive jurisdiction and waives any objection that he, she or they may now or hereafter have with respect thereto.