Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The chair that comes apart...and than together...and then apart.... and then together!

Last January when Line, an aspiring upholsterer from Denmark, stayed with us for 5 weeks, we started to work on a new project. (apologies for the long silence...we were not in hibernation)

For a couple years we have been nourishing the idea to experiment something with the upholstery and revealing its magical process that is exclusive to us.

Whenever I am assisting to the building up of a traditional sofa I am immediately associating it with the inside of a piano: it's functional, it is precisely constructed and beautiful to watch it”.


...What an inspiring thought to transform a traditional chesterfield with the upholstery that comes apart, showing the hand-tied springs and the old frame?...After two years it still a project but now we are closer than ever...


 Josephine B_chair and Alex_chair are a huge step in this direction: we have created an upholstery that comes apart...and then together, showing what lies beneath the surface. Every upholstered part (wings, arms, back and seat) comes off simply unfastening press buttoning and with a system of elastic webbing they are secured to the chair.

Their frames are a beauty to watch, they are relatively old, marked with the signs of their history (...or with horrible varnish) and their imposing presence reveal their full potential, no tricks no games, just bare wood and accessible upholstery for the eye of their consumer.

Where does take us the re-upholstery of these pieces?

Often when we repair the back of a chair we need to strip off part of the seat and vice versa, but in this case every piece can be independently reupholstered. 

Customers can also transform the look of their furniture, recovering one or two parts at the time and without necessarily modifying the whole piece.


Josephine B. and Alex are definitely a step towards our grand project but in the meantime they are performing an overture with their proposed solution to sustainability. 


Both chairs are available at our shop N1 5SF.


                                       Josephine B_chair


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