It is a special take on English classic furniture: a chesterfield sofa.
The upholstered parts can be removed, thanks to the press fasteners and elastic webbing. When all else is removed, only the beautiful cage of “hand-tied springs” on the seat and back of the sofa remain visible.
The Baubau sofa reveals one of the oldest, magical processes, which in the upholstery world is part of the traditional technique, but usually this becomes hidden due to the subsequent layers that are normally added.
The old frame was treated to emphasize the natural look of the wood, revealing the patina of time.
The cushions have been stuffed mostly with wool, except from the booster of the back and arms that are made of foam. The hand-stitched mattress is stuffed with carded lamb’s wool and layers of wool sheets have been used to make the shaped cushions on the back.
To cover the sofa Urban Upholstery teamed-up with artist Laura Hamilton, whose company
‘Bird In The Hand’, produces hand printed textiles, inspired by Jamaican prints from the 60's and 70's.
Presented for the first time at Tent London, during The London Design Festival 2012, Old Truman Brewery, London E1