February 03, 2016
This bed is stunning in real life - the walnut posts and side rails were stained dark and then oil rubbed for an amazing smooth finish. You will notice in the second photo below the inward taper of the post feet. These little details are everywhere, and completely set this bed apart.
The padded headboard and footboard is upholstered in silk dupioni, which has a gorgeous texture and gives depth in contrast to the smoothness of the wood. And we added a welt trim to give the transition from fabric to wood a softer element.
The brass rod connecting the posts is a nice detail our client designed, adding a touch of lustre to the entire piece.
January 28, 2016
This poor, poor, pitiful Egg Chair - so beautiful, but so in need of some TLC! This is how the poor boy arrived at our workshop.
As we do with all these pieces that have a foam covered fiberglass frame, everything is removed down to the fiberglass (if the chair is older than 2 years, it is nearly impossible to salvage the original foam as it has usually bonded to the fabric - so when the fabric is removed, the foam usually comes off as well).
The chair and ottoman was completely restored, including the metal legs, and reupholstered in cobalt Maharam Hallingdal fabric.
January 26, 2016
We're thinking smoking lounge here, because library chair just doesn't do these club chairs justice! Visualize dark rooms, roaring fire, cognac, a cigar, and okay, some books. Our client does indeed plan to place these in his smoking lounge (not man cave, mind you).
The rich brown leather is so soft, and thanks to the down seat and slight curve to the back, you feel cocooned in comfort as soon as you sit. A perfect chair to relax and lounge in.
The nail head detail up the front arm and along the back sides are a beautiful subtle detail; just enough to make the club chairs interesting while not vying for attention from the design and comfort.
January 21, 2016
Joaquim Tenreiro was one of the leading furniture designers and visual artists in the mid-20th century. He was born in Portugal, and immigrated to Brazil in the late 1920's. He was one of the first Brazilian furniture designers to adopt European modernist methods. This piece is inspired by a sofa he designed in the late 1950's early 1960's and features a thin, delicate rim that continues from the base, curving up the arm and around the back.
He often used indigenous Brazilian hardwoods in his work and kept the local climate in mind by keeping his pieces light, often using wicker or cane. This piece obviously was not designed in that respect, but the curve detail is so beautiful and the tapered leg is so characteristic of that era.
A thick wool mohair was used to upholster the piece.
January 19, 2016
Is it possible to feel sorry for a piece of furniture? We sort of felt sorry for this well-loved Pollock Executive Armchair when it arrived at our workshop! On the one hand, it's wonderful to see pieces used so often they shred! On the other hand...please let us fix this poor boy up! And we did!
The original chair was covered in fabric, which as you can see, wears harder than leather. We completely restored and reupholstered this piece, with beautiful white leather, and cleaned up the metal until it gleamed again.
This chair is still in production and can be purchased through Knoll. It's one of the most comfortable chairs, due to the design, which cradles your body.
Incidentally, if you're interested in more information about Pollock pieces, check out this post of ours from July 2015, with a great video on the man himself, Charles Pollock.
January 15, 2016
Edward Wormley was truly an inspirational furniture designer. His designs were timeless, elegant, and modern, and were designed with comfort.
This chaise was inspired by a piece he designed for Dunbar in the 1960's, and we've tried to stay true to the detail and aesthetic of the original with the light tufted single seat, loose back pillows and gorgeous wood base.
The leather our client chose was butter-soft, and the single top stitch detail is perfect.
The walnut base is simply stunning, with the corner curve detail. And here is a link to an Edward Wormley Dunbar sofa we reupholstered in June.
January 13, 2016
This is something we don't see often - a gorgeous rosewood eames chair, reupholstered in royal blue leather! It's actually quite striking, and a really fun choice!
We love it when clients aren't afraid to take a chance and step out of the box, and this client certainly did. The leather is soft and supple, and the color is so rich. It will surely be a focal point in the room!
The wood was still in very good shape, so we just cleaned it up. The rosewood pattern is very subtle, which works well with the vibrancy of the leather.
What do you think? Would you ever reupholster your Eames chair in a colored leather? Let us know in the comments!