October 16, 2014

Before & After: Jean Prouve Grand Repos


Another Before & After! We just finished restoring & reupholstering a Jean Prouve Grand Repos chair. The leather was in quite bad condition and all the metal was rusted & pitted.

Jean Prouve was a French architect & designer (1901 - 1984), who, using the same techniques as in automobile construction, made architectural elements out of molded & welded metal and applied them to his work. Grand Repos is one of his earliest designs. It is an adjustable lounge chair, and the design allows the single seat/back to be pushed continuously on ball bearings along the steel supporting slat.

We cleaned up the steel frame & reupholstered it in beautiful blue leather, take a look!




October 14, 2014

Before & After: Swedish Grace Art Deco Lounge Chairs


We just restored & reupholstered these amazing art deco chairs. They were made in Sweden, circa 1930, and are referred to as Swedish Grace lounge chairs. The term, Swedish Grace, was coined by Phillip Morton Shand to describe Scandinavian design in the mid-1920's.


They are smaller in size, but the curves & lines are beautiful, as is the birch wood on the arms & feet.


Here is the before photo - not bad, but it needed some TLC!


September 23, 2014

Before & After: Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chairs


We just finished the restoration of two Scimitar chairs, designed by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm.



They are beautiful & amazing chairs, and due to the shape, not without challenges in terms of reupholstery in leather. A photo of the chairs before restoration & reupholstery is below:


September 19, 2014

Before & After: Eames Walnut Stool


These are such fabulous pieces! Charles & Ray Eames designed three shapes of stools in 1960 for the lobby of the Time Life Building in New York City. They are lathe-turned walnut and can also be used as little side table (although there is a slight curved indentation on top, better suited for a derriere than a teacup).

Oh, and here is the after! It just needed a little time with our talented finishing team!


All three shapes are still in production and sold through Herman Miller.

Edited: we just had a reader reach out to us on the upkeep & maintenance of these, and other, pieces. We did a blog post on this, which you can find here! Thank you!

September 17, 2014

Jean Michel Frank sofa series


The Jean Michel Frank inspired sofa (or JMF, as we refer to it) is one of the most requested pieces, and with good reason, don't you think? With its' classic, clean, simple lines, it is so beautiful and elegant, and really works well in both contemporary or traditional decor.


This JMF sofa was fabricated in a Perennials outdoor fabric for a family room; the fabric is sturdy and will be perfect for the hours of use it will see. And considering it is an outdoor fabric, it's really quite nice and soft.


This JMF style sofa was fabricated in ivory silk velvet for a more traditional living room.


And finally, we just finished two JMF style sofas in red mohair for a formal living room.





September 12, 2014

Tufted Upholstered Curved Headboard


Apologies for the silence over here! We have had a very busy summer and the workshop has been very occupied. We finished a large hospitality project in early June (photos soon!) and have been playing catch up. We just jumped into another hospitality project, but I wanted to share some of the projects we finished in between.

This is a gorgeous upholstered headboard in classic French tufting. It's difficult to see, but there is a very slight curve at the sides, which really gives it a bit of a comtemporary style. The fabric the client selected is a beautiful biscuit colored velvet, which was also used on the box base. The entire bed is set very high to accommodate the clients' television storage system under the bed.


July 30, 2014

Before & After: Andre Sornay Chairs Modernist Chairs


We just recovered a set of Sornay chairs for a client and couldn't be happier with the result.


Andre Sornay was an innovative French furniture designer who wasn't well known during his time. This was partially because he lived & designed outside of Paris, which was the epicenter of the French modernist furniture movement in the mid-century era. Many of his designs were simple, with minimalist details.


One of his trademark techniques is referred to as 'cloutage', which is the method of studding the perimeter of furniture panels & frames with a line of brass nails.


Andre Sornay's pieces have become quite collectible, and sometimes sell in the five figures at auction - this modernist is finally getting his due!