This sofa by Danish designer Poul Volther was in very nice shape except for the webbing. It was the Pirelli rubber type and had become saggy and dried out with age. When Pirelli webbing reaches that state, it has no stretch and is useless. The only solution is to replace it.
As so often happens, I forgot to take ‘before’ photos of this one. You can find photos of old Pirelli webbing all over the internet, but what I wish I’d gotten was a photo of someone sitting on it. Not only did it have a disconcerting sinking feeling, but the saggy webbing also caused the edges of the seat cushions to flip up, leaving big gaps around the sitter.
It really was a bit of a turn-off for this handsome piece of furniture.
I replaced the old stuff with new Pirelli webbing. Now the same cushions are firmly supported and do not flip up when you sit. It’s ready for a few more decades of use!
Thanks to Home Anthology for this one!