Ulferts Fabriker lounge chair from Sweden

ulferts1This once-handsome chair was made by Ulferts Fabriker in Tibro, Sweden, according to the tag.

 

ulferts2Reupholstered in Maharam/Kvadrat’s Hallingdal wool hopsack, it’s ready for the next few decades!

 

ulferts3The original wool fabric was completely worn through in places and the foam of course was shot.  The teak frame had some scuffs and was a little dull and grimy but not nearly as bad as the fabric.

 

ulferts4It’s surprising what a little teak oil and #0000 steel wool can do.

 

ulferts7I couldn’t find much about this company online.  Obviously they exported some things to the U.S. because this label is American.

 

ulferts5This is colorway 227.  It looks darker on Maharam’s website.  It has golden brown yarns in one direction and light heather gray in the other.   I think it looks gorgeous with the old teak.

 

ulferts6One of the things I really like about this chair is how square it is but with most of the lines softened by just a bit of curve.  It has a really solid look without being hard at all.  Very appealing!

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6 Responses to Ulferts Fabriker lounge chair from Sweden

  1. Brett says:

    Oh man, that is nice. It’s been about a year since I first saw your site. I have really enjoyed coming over here once or twice a month to see what you’re up to. It’s really inspiring and I thank you for sharing.

  2. Heidi says:

    Wow!
    You are a mid century furniture wizard!
    I only wish I discovered you sooner.
    Your work makes me dizzy with ideas.
    Thank you for sharing your talents.

  3. Tony Goldsmith says:

    Just browsing your site again for the first time in a while and I reread what you wrote about the manufacturer of this chair. I have some history to share on it. The chair was purchased in the early 1970’s at a store in White Plains, NY called Ellie Conason’s, contemporary designs. The owners, Ellie and Red Conason, imported Scandanavian furniture and housewares directly from manufacturers in Sweden, Denmark, etc. Unfortunately, the store closed due to price competition from larger stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s that started carrying similar stock. I had the privilege of knowing the Conasons and working for them through high school and college.

    • MCR says:

      Welcome back, Tony! And thanks for adding the provenance to this handsome chair. It really is one of my all-time favorites. You might also be interested to know that Home Anthology has the sofa version of it right now in their shop! I have only seen a few examples of the chair other than yours and had no idea there was more to the line.

  4. Tibro says:

    My dad owned the company for ten-ish years. But that was in the earlie nineties.
    The town (Tibro) is (was) known in Sweden for high quality furniture. Ulferts was a premium brand.
    They worked with real good Scandinavian designers.
    Not much but yeah that’s a nice chair.

    A fair bit late… 🙂

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