I recently redid a pair of these Wegner CH22 chairs. The seat on this one wasn’t too bad but the other one had the typical broken strands along the front rail. The wood on both had been treated with some kind of tinted furniture polish that left it blotchy and dull.
This may actually be the other of the two, I’m not sure! The wood on the back is more even in tone now, though it looks pretty dark here (probably due to lighting). I think people use those tinted polishes to get their furniture to match other furniture in the room. Gah.
A broken strand or two opens a gap like this.
Paint is hard to get out. Maybe impossible.
While I really like the patina of old Danish cord in good condition, I think fresh new cord looks really stunning on a vintage chair.
Wegner chairs with cord seats often have small slots at the arm posts and/or back spindles where you have thread the cord through instead of wrapping it around the entire frame. This requires very accurate weaving because it diminishes the margin of error by a lot. The slots are always the width of a specific number of strands. I love the precision of it.
The back of the seat has this very handsome detail that makes it impossible to use a shuttle when weaving, so the whole process takes longer. But it’s so beautiful!
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