Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ercol Chair

A Fine example of an Ercol Bentwood Chair.

This fine example of an Ercol Chair.

Always a pleasure to work with. Our customer chose a plaid shade to coordinate with the bentwood English elm, a perfect fresh look.

Ercol Chair

A little about Ercol

Since 1944 Ercol has produced chairs with a bentwood frame and an arched back supporting delicate spindles. The wood selected was English elm – a wood previously thought impossible to bend because it distorted.

Ercol Chair

Wood Restoration

We restore Ercol Bentwood Chairs and sofas including restoration of the wood frame. We clean down, check joints and re-wax. This keeps the originality but protects the wood better, brings out the lustre and keeps them solid for daily use.

On the bench this week, Cadillac Car Seats.

Car seats are not something we reupholster too often.

We usually only work on car seat restoration rather that regular repairs etc.

This customer asked us to restore front and back seats of his ‘desert find’ Cadillac from Arizona where it sat for 30 years.

This is an interesting historic car seat resoration.

Real leather hide was requested to replace the original blue and grey, cloth now almost turned to dust.

Here are the The Cadillac Eldorado seats waiting to be stripped down – I wonder what we may find inside? Hopefully not a rattle snake!

Photos of the completed Cadillac Car Seats below.

Cadillac Seats

Cadillac Seats

The Leather Hides ready for the car seat restoration.

Leather Hide for Cadillac Seats

Cadillac seat

Cadillac seat

Retro Furniture Restoration | Retro chair

Really ‘on-trend’ Retro Furniture

Some chairs just have ‘IT’ and this sweet 1960’s easy chair I love.

Really neat so it fits in our modern homes. A delicate colour chosen by our customer in a beautiful to the touch wool mix by Linwood. Very fashionable at the moment, will always be a classic and very comfortable too.

The word retro signifies looking backward. When designers, manufacturers and customers speak about retro furniture, we are referring to a style of furniture that looks back with nostalgia and pays homage to styles that were popular in the past. Currently furniture designers are inspired by 60s and 70s – this one is the genuine item.

Retro Chair

Namely, retro furniture was popular in the decades of 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Recently, the industry has added the 80s to the list, which personally I am shocked at. I love 1960’s like this chair but the 80s?

On the bench this week; A Modern Knole Sofa

This is a stunning classic style of sofa in a modern style and fabric

About Knole Sofa

A Knole Sofa was made in the 17th century. It is housed at Knole in Kent, a house owned by the Sackville-Wests since 1605 but now in the care of the National Trust. It was originally used not as comfortable sofa but as a formal throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. It features adjustable side arms and considerable depth of seating, it usually has exposed wooden finials at the rear corner tops, and some exposed wood may be present on the otherwise arms. The arms, more correctly sides, are of the same height. The side arms are tied to the sofa back by means of heavy decorative braid, often with an elaborate tassel.

Georgian Dining Chairs

A delightful pair of Georgian Dining Chairs

Reupholstered in a Ross weave.

A customer chose a really fresh choice of fabric colour-way with a matching braid.  These classics look beautiful in any home setting, modern or traditional.  Not only beautifully made but they are surprisingly heavy.  Try picking one up, you’ll get a bit of a shock! Oh and i love the colours!