Executive office chair by Vincent Cafiero for Knoll

This was one of the more dramatic transformations that I’ve worked on.  I got the chair a few years ago with the thought that I could very well end up taking it to the dump if it wasn’t salvageable.  The original upholstery was mildewed and shredded in places, the latex foam padding was dry and crunchy, and the arms had been patched with duct tape.  But the main thing was whether it could be disassembled and reassembled easily.

Turns out the arms were attached with just three large bolts each that came unscrewed easily.  Stripping the frame of all the bits of dried up foam and dirty fabric was a different matter!

The frame is beautifully made of hardwood with rounded edges along the bottom.  Those are steel flanges on the sides for the arms to screw into.

The puckers in the burlap are from the old tufting.

The fabric is on the seat and tufting is begun.  You can see the top-stitched grid here.  And that’s the latex foam for the back of the chair in the background.

The tufting is done from the back- or underside with a very long needle and strong cord.

The subtle texture of the “Classic Boucle” fabric by Knoll really shows off the tufting.


This chair sold in a day at Home Anthology.  Thanks, Rob and Nini!

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