Thursday, 12 March 2015

Armchair and ottoman in Bute tweed

Here's a 1990's Laura Ashley armchair and ottoman reupholstered in Bute tweed.

Lots of furniture made in recent years is not worthy of the cost of reupholstery, but much of it is. This set was made by the Laura Ashley company in 1995. Twenty years later the foam cushion needed replacing and I made a new feather and poly mix for the back. Now covered in a very strong Bute tweed it's probably better than new.

The frame is beech and the sides are plywood. Lots of cheap new furniture from the likes of DFS is made of chipboard, and it will crumble and break in a few years, but plywood is super-strong and may well last better than some solid wood. If you're in any doubt, here's artist Tom Sach's "Love Letter to Plywood" film that explains so much better than I could.

So bring me your plywood furniture in its tired fabric and allow me to make it great again.

This was a commission

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