Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Arts & Crafts side armchair in Welsh wool

An Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau armchair reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Luna wool.

This type of chair is very difficult to date or really pin down to a particular style so I'm hedging my bets and falling between two styles; it has features of both.

It's a highly stained and polished beech frame with walnut arms (I think). The seat curve is really wonderful and gives it a rustic Welsh look, almost stick-chair like.

Elsewhere the turned and carved stiles and decorative splat are all over the place, and I love furniture to be all over the place, particularly when it's as elegant as this.

The seat was reupholstered with traditional horse hair and covered in an ace geometric Welsh wool from Melin Tregwynt. Somehow the busy fabric works on a chair with so much existing detail, I think it's because the chair is so fine/dainty. The whole thing is hand-stitched to a tacked edge piping - tricky to line up but great when you get it right.

You could own this for £150. All that for £150 you ask? Yes I say. Yes.

And still they all scurry off to Ikea. Ho hum.

This chair is for sale.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tub Armchair in Bute Ramshead Fabric

A tub armchair reupholstered in Bute Ramshead fabric

A customer found this chair on the dark streets of London and, unable to come home without it, dragged it through the streets and up a few flights of stairs to her flat. Having contacted me through her family who live nearby she committed it to a 400 mile round trip in the middle of which I reupholstered it in her choice of Bute fabric.

The ever-wonderful Bute Fabrics drafted in the ever-diverse Timorous Beasties  and somehow managed to find a way to weave a ram's head repeat into a piece of cloth - how on earth did they do that?

Although it was found in London, I think the chair might be French because it had non-British conical springs and (among various British things) I found French Francs and an unsmoked Gitanes stuffed down the back.

And no, I didn't smoke the cigarette - I don't smoke non-filters man.

This was a commission.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Ash Milking Stool in Eleanor Prichard wool fabric

Hand made ash milking stool in Eleanor Pritchard Totley fabric

Ace the spoke-shaved legs

For Sale - £70 - probably best you don't sit on it to milk any cows