Category Archives: Restoration

Bespoke Italian Genre Sofa in Gold

Bespoke upholstery restoration. Our customer saved this amazing 17th-century Italian genre sofa and two chairs. She designed the frame color change to gold and the button back shield panel along with her own fabric.  Wonderful!

Italian gold sofa
Gold sofa shield
Gold Chair - back
Gold Chair front

Pub and restaurant seating – this one in a Linwood fabric

Cosy pub that serves bistro food – reupholstered seating area.

Pub seats
Nothing wrong with the ‘old style red vinyl seating’ but this is rather refreshing – our customer had an upmarket vision for her pub and it looks lovely – who’d want to go home!

Victorian nursing chair – pheasant pattern

These occasional antique chairs originally designed as a nursing chair work as a  lovely feature and occasional seating.

Our customer chose the distinctive pheasant fabric that I think really changes the look to a modern classic.

Victorian nursing chair - pheasant pattern

A clever combination!

Traditional wingback chair restored and updated with an ‘on-trend’ fabric.

We often talk with customers who want to update or change the fabric on a chair or sofa.

The hurdle often can be the price.  It costs more to reupholster say a Next Interiors or Laura Ashley chair than it does to buy a new one.  The great thing about the likes of Next Interiors or Laura Ashley is that they are ‘on-trend’ and the fabrics used are very lovely to look at.  The negative is that they are made to a price and probably mass produced in China or India – nothing wrong with that as it gives us a great deal – but they are made to a price and engineered to last just a few years with average use.

For value for money and a piece of furniture that will last much longer your better off buying an older quality chair and investing in a restoration of your design.

Here is an example of a fairly standard traditional wingback chair restored and updated with an ‘on-trend’ fabric.  Costs a bit more, take a little more time to instigate but made to your style using British craftsmen and quality fabrics.  There is no other like it!

Wingback chair

Cintique chairs restored including wood frame

Cintique restoration specialists.
Cintique have been designing and manufacturing high quality, comfortable chairs and sofas since 1908.

We are delighted to deliver back to our customer this lovely pair of Cintique chairs that were restored and reupholstered as per the customer specification.

The frame was worn and scratched after some 40 years of use so the customer decided on a full re-varnish of the frames in addition to a full reupholstery restoration- the detailed result below.

Cintique Chair Wood Frame Restoration

It’s so nice to see a bespoke restoration come through the workshop.

Cintique Chair Completed

Chaise Long restoration

Chaise Long restored and reupholstered to ‘as-new’.

Ready to serve and look stylish in any home for another 100 years

Chaise Long

We restore antique furniture as originally built using tie-in coil springs and modernised wadding with rubberised ‘horse hair’. So the result is a classic handmade piece of historic furniture you can use every day and will last far longer than a modern version.  I’m in love!

Parker Knoll Two Seater Sofa

So cute and great for modern homes this fully restored Parker Knoll sofa will look lovely in a bedroom or snug.

After two seater wingback sofa

See it on the bench during restoration.

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?

Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

We reupholster quite a lot of these lovely high back Kingston chairs.

Reupholstered Kingston High Back Dining Chairs.

Lovely coordinated set of Kingston chairs.

High back dining chairs

Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

The Kingston high back Dining Chair features clean contours and a scrolled back. The Kingston is an elegant design that is suited to most homes.  The quality of this style of chair varies by manufacturer, indeed low price copies of the original can be found online.  The better levels of quality are worth reupholstering.  We strip to the frame, check and repair, re-web and spring, re-foam/pad and upholster as required.

More reupholstered Kingston chairs

This example has an oak frame and polished legs.

 

This is an original Kingston High Back dining chair – circa 1930’s. The set was lovingly restored in our workshop.

Kingston Chair - original

Great to work on an original.

A loose cover set made for six Kingston chairs

Kingston Chair - loose cover-set of six

Kingston Chair Loose covers - on benchOur customer designed the large pleated skirt that hides the legs to produce a very stylish looking chair. Fabric chosen was a ‘Linen Look’ Aqua Clean fabric that can be cleaned with just water.  I want some just like this!