New seats for old chairs

Home Anthology had a set of six of these handsome teak chairs with seats that were shot.  The chairs were custom made in the Danish Modern style in India fifty or sixty years ago for someone who worked in foreign service there.


The seats were a light-colored linen that was very worn, and the webbing and padding was DOA.


It was interesting to me as an upholsterer to see the different materials and methods used by Indian upholsterers vs. Danish or American.

For instance, this thin cotton/wool batting—cotton was standard here in that era and now we use mostly polyester.


The seat frames were some kind of exotic-looking wood.  Not the typical beech that you see in a Danish seat!

But enough of the geeky upholstery chit-chat.  Here are the finished chairs with new elastic webbing and a thin layer of foam for padding under the fabric.


The fabric is “Rivington” by Knoll, a slubby wool/acrylic/cotton blend with a hand-loomed look, designed by Dorothy Cosonas and woven in Belgium.





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