Retrospect Fine Furniture

(Furniture, Upholstery)

Retrospect Fine Furniture
1649 Market St
San Francisco, California
Voice: (415) 863-7414


  • “He has an enormous amount of integrity, and is a solid business person. The quality of his craftsmanship is always consistent, and his turn-around time is excellent. They’ve done work for me on vintage, as well as some contemporary items— about 3 pieces in all.”

  • “They brought my Art Deco chair back to the way it looked in the 30’s. Then they designed a spectacular custom radiator cover to look like an old-fashioned radio. Cornelius really does top-notch work, and he’s s a delight to work with. I can’t rave enough about the guy.”

  • “They re-upholstered six dining room chairs to match our living room couch, and the fabric is not only really easy to take care of, it looks really nice as well. Their prices are good, and we’re very impressed.”

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How much is a new custom sofa? $3,000? $5,000? $10,000? We’re not talking about the cheap sofas and chairs sold in trendy stores. They’re filled with polyfoam, and are only meant to last a few years. We mean a real sofa, one built from the ground up, with coil springs, fabric batting, and sprung cushions, that will keep looking good and stay comfortable for years to come.

For more than 20 years, master upholsterer Cornelius Ross and his craftsmen have been repairing and restoring vintage sofas, armchairs, and chaise lounges. Now Cornelius has brought the same skills to building new furniture. Retrospect can build you the furniture of your dreams—made to measure, and in the fabric of your choice—for about half the cost of the custom furnishings sold at Showplace Square.

Simply cut out a photograph from a magazine showing a sofa you like—or even draw it—then ask Cornelius to build it for you. You can meet him at his Market Street workshop, or he can advise you at your home on how the piece will work with your existing furniture and decor.

He has fabrics suitable for every style, from glowing damasks, to brocades, leathers, and mohair. If you’re nervous about making a mistake, you can watch your furniture take shape. You’ll get your furniture delivered in six to eight weeks (twice as fast as ordering anywhere else).

“We welcome your input, and I will take you through the process step by step,” says Cornelius. “We won’t leave you hanging. We don’t claim to be perfect—but we are perfect at expediting furniture construction and restoration.”

Retrospect also repairs and reupholsters most furniture, regardless of age or condition. Cornelius will gladly evaluate any piece and tell you whether it’s worth the expense of reupholstery. Free estimates throughout San Francisco.

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San Francisco - 1388 Sutter Street, Ste. 505 - San Francisco, CA 94109 - (415) 642-9990