April 26, 2013

Completely restored: Pierre Paulin Tulip Chairs

We just finished a complete restoration (and reupholstery) of these two Pierre Paulin Tulip Chairs. I wish I had been able to snap a photo before the work started, but they were quite eager in the workroom! I did, however, get a shot of one of the chairs completely stripped down:

These chairs were in pretty bad shape, so we removed everything and replaced it, all the while staying true to the original technical specifications. Pierre Paulin designed this chair in 1965, like a flower, with the petals opening around the sitter. It's quite comfortable, and quite complicated to reupholster (but we like that!).

April 19, 2013

Custom Sofa

We just finished this custom sofa for a project. The fabric the client chose has a distinct bohemian vibe, but it really resonates well with the design of the sofa. The details on this piece are beautiful, and you'll notice that the fabric is aligned perfectly on the seat to the base so the pattern appears almost seamless. Here are a few fun workshop photos of it in production:

The exposed tapered legs are fitted with antique brass casters in the front, and yes, it is as comfortable as it looks!

April 08, 2013

Before & After: Jacobsen Egg Chair

We just finished the restoration of this Egg Chair, shown above when it arrived at our workshop. The Egg Chair was designed in 1957 by Arne Jacobsen, and many believe the inspiration was taken from Eero Saarinen's Womb Chair (which is somewhat similar). One of the traits the Egg Chair has in common with the Womb Chair is the use of molded foam. While this adds to the beauty, practicality and comfort of both pieces, it has its' drawbacks.

The above picture shows the foam after the fabric has been removed. Many times, if the chair is older than 2 or 3 years, the foam almost always has to be replaced during the reupholstery of the chair. This is because the foam actually adheres to the fabric, making the removal of the fabric alone nearly impossible.

Another issue is that oxygen destroys and dries out the foam as it breathes through the fabric. Think about it this way: each time you sit in the chair, the foam compresses and when you get up, it decompresses. The oxygen breaks down the foam and after a while (granted, usually a long time!) the foam has dried & deteriorated. Interestingly enough, this does not happen if the chair is covered in leather - the foam will remain intact.

After a complete restoration & reupholstery, the chair is back to its' original condition! I love the way it looks in white boucle!

The Egg Chair is still in production and is available through Fritz Hansen.
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