Ronald McDonald House: Project Design 2013

MT Custom was honored to donate our time and handcraft to this very worthy endeavor. Sponsored by Kravet, Cottages & Gardens, Benjamin Moore, Lumber Liquidators, Hansgrohe and other major design industry brands, The Ronald McDonald House of Long island underwent a complete renovation with rooms designed by some of the industry’s best, including event chair Tony Baratta, Matthew Patrick Smythe, Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake and our own Creative Director, Michael Tavano. We were delighted to contribute custom clothwork to Drake Design Associates’ room as well as to Michael’s room. Kravet’s amazing outdoor fabrics made ideal custom bedding for this installation where everything needs to be repeatedly washed, including the “upholstery” which are actually removable, washable, form fitting slipcovers for the custom headboards and box springs. Here are some shots of Michael’s room:

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This shaped, upholstered and reticulated custom valence and coordinating drapes and Roman shade use three different fabrics in warm and cool tones to create a focal point in this family-friendly room. We even made a custom shower curtain and installed a track in the ceiling for a luxurious floor-to-ceiling effect.

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All photos: Rick Lew


Not only Made in America, Made in NYC!

MT Custom, founded by Interior Designer Michael Tavano, is a member company of Made in NYC. MT Custom provides couture draperies, custom shades and meticulously executed upholstery from a workroom located right in New York City. This means that everything they do can be easily accessed by New York’s designers, architects and other specifiers of high end custom clothwork. “It means if you have a question we’re literally here for you,” notes MT Custom Creative Director Michael Tavano.  Tavano, an accomplished interior designer and home fashion stylist founded the workroom more than a decade ago to answer his own most challenging upholstery and window treatment requirements.

Perfect pleats, hand folded at Michael Tavano's MT Custom Workroom.Tavano co-owns the business with MT Custom President and Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Marks, and together they serve a who’s who of elite interior design and architectural professionals. Not only does MT Custom craft the items, but they also send white glove teams to measure and install in New York’s five boroughs and throughout the tri-state area. Says Marks, “We’re so proud to be entirely made by hand by the talented artisans and craftspeople here in the great city of New York that we’ve decided to make it official.”  The firm joined the nonprofit trade organization Made in NYC and all MT Custom products bear the mark which indicates a firm has created employment and products in the Big Apple.

Hand Stitching at MT Custom Workroom. Interior Designer Michael Tavano is Creative Director.

Made in NYC is a project of the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Pratt Center works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. As part of Pratt Institute, they leverage professional skills – especially planning, architecture and public policy – to empower communities to plan for and realize their futures.