Wednesday, April 13, 2011
If you went to college in the 80's, you probably remember the staple furniture item, the futon. As a sofa, the futon provided TV-viewing comfort and by night, with a bit of wrangling, it doubled as an overnight flop spot. For the most part, it was easy to move from apartment to apartment. As of 2011, the futon has officially come of age. The lumpy mattress is gone and the questionable frame bodies actually support weight -- of several human beings, at the same time. Be it in the kids' play room, a studio living room or around the pool, today's upscale futons are finding a place in modern homes. The latest products from Nikita Furnishings are fashioned from Catskill-region wood, made in Otsego County, shipped worldwide, and are literally made in our backyard. Today on Watershed Wednesday, co-host Josh Van Brakle joins me for an hour of Futon Talk with Catskill WoodNet members Joanne and Nikita Gregoriev of Nikita Indoor/Outdoor Furniture. The Gregoriev's manufacture two lines of futons (Freedom and Scandia series) in size varieties (chaise lounges to queen-size beds) that will make a your head spin. In the Richmond Springs factory, "Smart Frames" are crafted from Catskill woods like ash, white oak, and cherry and are assembled easily with just three bolts. The patented "flip-bar"and self-converting geometry, together with the wheels for easy maneuvering about the room, make these futons functional and fancy. The mattress, in two firmnesses, come in a wide array of fabrics and colors for indoor or out. Can you tell I visited the Nikita's Oneonta store (which is closing on April 30)? I found myself wondering where I could put one in my home. Yes, the Nikita futon is comfortable, and easy to transition from sofa-to-bed-to-sofa again. A bit nostalgic, I thought of today's student on-the-go: the Nikita ensemble fits, frame and mattress, in the backseat of a Prius...just ask Joanne. Join us at 1 p.m. on www.wioxradio.org to find out how they patented this unique twist on a centuries-old design. Have a futon story to share? Post it here or on our Facebook Page.