rare Bramin lounge chair

September 2016 UPDATE:  The designer of this chair has been confirmed as Hans Olsen.  See http://www.designaddict.com/forum/Identification/Danish-lounge-chair-ID ; scroll down to post #12 for a scan of the original furniture catalog featuring these with the design attribution.  Thanks to Leif and Design Addict!

mybramin01I bought this rarely-seen lounge chair by Bramin of Denmark for myself because it was so comfortable and I loved the look.  It consists of a styrofoam shelf with foam padding on a teak frame.  However, that upholstery…it is a beautiful Maharam fabric called “Radiant” but even with the right type of padding on this chair, this fabric doesn’t have enough give to it to hug those curves.

mybramin02I stripped all the old foam and polyester batting off the styrofoam shell and put new foam on.  The new fabric is Maharam/Kvadrat’s Hallingdal #830, which has blue threads in one direction and bright olive in the other.  I had some Tonus fabric all picked out for it but at the last minute I saw the Hallingdal on Modern-Fabrics.com and snatched it up!

mybramin5See that big dart where the back meets the arm?  And the general bagginess of the fabric?  You really need a slightly stretchy fabric for this kind of chair.  This one is beautiful, but it’s not right for this chair.

mybramin6Hallingdal works better.   Tonus would be even easier to work with but I was swayed by the color combo of that weave!

mybramin7This is the underside of the seat.  The entire outside of the chair is just one piece of fabric with the only seams being along the bottom sides where they don’t show.  It takes a lot of smoothing and tugging and readjusting to get them just right, then they are hand stitched in place. mybramin3aThe previous upholsterer just stretched the outside back fabric from seam to seam without trying to get it to conform to the contours of the shell.  Or maybe he tried but gave up in frustration, which I could totally understand.

 

mybramin4The fabric has to be glued to the styrofoam shell where it curves around the back perimeter.  This is tricky to do.  And you can see here that those seams along the bottom sides are hidden so all you get is that wonderful curved expanse of beautiful fabric.

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7 Responses to rare Bramin lounge chair

  1. The images which are shared about the Bramin lounge chair was excellent. It looks so comfortable and stylish.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love the fabric and the work. I have an original Wegner Papa Bear chair bought in 1959. The fabric and color seem close to this Bramin lounge chair you reubholstered. My chair has never been recovered and is in need of. There is also a footstool.
    I need an estimate of how much fabric is needed and a trusted reupholsterer.
    Thanks.

    • MCR says:

      I’m not currently doing upholstery and don’t want to give a yardage estimate on a chair I’m not going to upholster. You can get a very rough idea by consulting one of the many upholstery yardage charts online.

      As for referral, location matters. Where are you?

      • Anonymous says:

        Appreciate your reply.
        The Keene area of New Hampshire, but I could go as far as Boston.

        • MCR says:

          I don’t know any upholsterers in that area—which does not mean there aren’t any who could do a good job on a Papa Bear chair! Try asking in the designaddict.com forum. There are a lot of helpful, knowledgeable people from all over the place there. You might get a name or two. Good luck!

  3. SAB says:

    Absolutely beautiful work.

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