Monthly Archives: November 2020

Barker sofa

A Modern Take on a Chesterfield Sofa.

I recognised this sofa as soon as I saw it. Originally sold through Barker and Stonehouse furniture shop back in the 1980s. It’s a quality piece of classic furniture, basically a relaxed oversized Chesterfields sofa without the deep buttons. Originally retailed in a Kilim fabric that was slightly rough to the touch, a bit like a Kilim rug, they were super cool, stylish, massive and expensive.

We have reupholstered at least two in the last year, therefore, we know the quality of the frame. This example, our customer purchased for £50 🙂 Now it looks like a few thousand pounds. Stunning.

Ercol pads in Linwood fabric

Ercol seat pads in Linwood fabric

You will be surprised at how new quality sea-pads feel. Often customers will say the padding/foam is fine, indeed it will feel ‘fine’. When compared to replacement modern quality seat foams the difference is huge. So, here we have a set of classic Ercol chairs we made new seat cases for along with new seat foams. Read more about replacing seat foams.

Ercol is a British manufacturer founded in 1920 by a young Italian, Lucian Ercolani. It’s basically the same style and look that has lasted. We have had probably close to 1000 Ercol pieces through the workshop over the years – still a very quality popular classic.

Ercol pads in Linwood fabric
Ercol pads in Linwood fabric

Before and After

A Before and After Chair

The shape of this chair is adorable anyway, covered in newspaper it would still look good :). Here we have restored and reupholstered in a modern velvet with a contrasting back panel. Its something I would have not thought of. Our customer did and it looks great and we made a bespoke unique chair.

PS – You don’t just buy your soft furnishings do you? Design and build to your exact requirements.

Occasional Chair

Occasional Chair, Regency Stripe.

Thanks to our customer for sending a photograph of the chair in its new home. It looks great, the Chatsworth Fabric blends nicely with the wood on the chair what an inviting place to sit.