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One of our foibles is vintage chairs.  They are full of character and charm, not to mention a dash of mystery.  Who has sat on this chair and what was their life like?  We love to rescue tired pieces and give them a clean up and recover them in modern jazzy chic fabrics, giving them a new look and personality.

The vintage chair above right is an unusual piece, which recently found a new home when it was on display at one of our shows in Orford Town Hall, Orford, Suffolk.  The top quality fabric is called 'Casca' from the Cantello collection by ROMO - a strikingly bold pink velvet geometric pattern on a dark brown canvas background.  The fabric was chosen because it mirrored the pattern in the cane worked back, and it looked stunning.  A young couple saw it and fell in love with its quirky style.  It's great to know it will be given pride of place in their bedroom as a feature. 

Why buy vintage chairs?

  • They are well made of solid wood
  • Not only do they look great, they'll last a lifetime 
  • They can easily be repaired, refreshed and updated over and over again, unlike their modern counterparts
  • Old wooden chairs don't give off harmful gasses into your living environment
  • Restoring old chairs is often less costly than buying new
We recently gave a new lease of life to a set of chairs for a client.  They were made sometime in the 1950's and had been recovered some time later in wrap around foam and then tomato red plastic to give them a more modern look in keeping with the times.  We stripped the wood and refinished the chairs in French polish.  The drop in seat panels were recovered in a claret red velvet which matched the client's dining room curtains.  They were delighted with the result as the house is Victorian and new chairs would not have looked right.  To read more go to the vintage chairs page. 


  1. Kelli Garner on September 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM said:
    Thats very good to know... thanks
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