a pair of Thonet lounge chairs

This is the “after” shot of these two lounge chairs by Thonet, from Home Anthology.

As is so often the case these days, I didn’t get a good “before” shot—just the one below of the lovely teal green vinyl that was original to the chairs.

I really wish I’d gotten one of the bent maple veneeer plywood arms/legs!  The original finish was glossy lacquer with no color added, but someone at some point had coated them with a very dark tinted varnish or polyurethane, maybe Minwax Polyshades.  It was streaky and they really looked like they’d been dipped in molasses.

Rob and Nini at HA had them refinished and now they have their natural color back with a smooth, satiny feel to it.


The fabric is Knoll’s “Rivington” in the Paprika colorway.  It has a vintage look that suits the chairs, and the color looks great with the maple.


These chairs have a curve to the back that fits the body beautifully.  Very comfortable!


The fabric was too bulky to fit onto the button blanks but fortunately I had this Italian glove leather in a red that matched perfectly.  Nice, huh?







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