One of the most pleasurable parts of our business has got to be the restoration of vintage furniture. Over the past few years post war furniture has grown in reputation.
After the Second World War. Brittan’s economy quickly grew. With help from the government in 1951 we had The Festival of Britain showcasing the best of British design talent such as Robin and Lucienne Day. Also British companies were Inspired by some of the worlds leading designers such as Arne Jacobsen, who designed the iconic Egg Chair and the Swan Chair to name just two. Also Hans Wegner who started to explore the minimal square armed sofas that are in abundance today.
Well before the days of imported furniture. Great names such as G Plan Parker Knoll And Ercol enjoyed a booming economy, manufacturing well-made flamboyant furniture, which represented the optimism of the period.
Today we have labeled this furniture as vintage and is very much sought after. Over the past ten years we have been lucky enough the have been commissioned to renovate many pieces, here is a small selection.
Ercol are renowned for there mass production of what is essentially a craft product. They have perfected the art of steam bending beach and there can be no better example the iconic Day Bed. Here our customer from Didsbury in Manchester commissioned us to do a full rebuild which consisted of re webbing replacing the foam cushion and cushion case and finally finishing off the look with the feather filled scatter cushions.
Way back in 1962 G Plan designed and made the famous 62 Swivel Chair. Today it has had a rebirth and they have decided there is such a big demand for it, they have decided to start producing it again. Many of these amazing chairs have been sitting in garages tucked out of the way, as was this beauty when we went to pick it up. Our customer wanted to rebuild and refresh the chair with contemporary velvet finished with coordinating off white buttons.
Plenty of manufactures have come and gone and not enjoyed the reputation that others have this is one such chair. Our customer from Chorlton in Manchester had this little chair tucked away in a bedroom. They wanted to revitalize the chair with a understated small design that would stand the test of time. We were delighted to find this chenille which suited the brief perfectly.
This has got to be one of my favorite pieces of vintage furniture. The detail of the expressed webbing is exquisite use of form and function. The original was produced with a mohair wool. Our customer was keen to replicate this with a modern twist. This stunning design from Abraham Moon based in Yorkshire fitted the bill perfectly.
We have no idea who originally made this but it was a beauty to do. This was probably made in the 70s and drew its inspiration from the Egg Chair. This chair was going to get regular use so we found this durable textured plain.