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I’m pleased to announce my collaboration with multi-award winning wallpaper and textiles designer, Abigail Borg, to unveil ‘The Botanical Collection’ – a three-piece range of cocktail chairs characterised by beautiful, illustrative botanical fabrics.
After being heavily influenced by some of the original painterly floral fabrics I uncovered whilst stripping down my vintage cocktail chairs, I realised how beautiful a more modern floral design could look. I decided that botanical illustrated designs would look fantastic, and Abigail’s stunning prints are the perfect fit for this style of chair. The colouring and style of her hand-drawn designs are so in keeping with the latest trend for floral prints, yet still hint back to the mid-century era.
The Hello Yarrow cocktail chair is wonderfully reminiscent of an enchanting summer meadow featuring a medley of Cornflowers, Skimmi and Yarrow set against a soft teal backdrop. Offering a fresh floral injection for any room, the creamier cocktail chair displays luxurious Laburnum tumbling around Rhododendrons and raspberry Pom-Pom Dahlias. Zesty accents come into play for the Polka Polka chair, sporting vibrant yellow piping and a bold Bougainvillea design trailing around Red Hot Polkas on a twilight black fabric.
This latest collaboration is both trendy and timeless, echoing our ability to modernise a classic chair with Abigail’s digitally printed fabrics – all whilst retaining the original wooden frame. The three botanical patterns are all printed in England on material made from 60% linen and 40% cotton.
The Botanical Cocktail Chairs are priced at £595.00 each and are now available to purchase online at www.florrieandbill.com
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We are excited to announce that Florrie + Bill have collaborated with multi-award winning wallpaper and textiles designer, Abigail Borg, to unveil the ‘Botanical Collection’ – a range of vintage cocktail chairs characterised by beautiful, illustrative botanical fabrics.
The collection will officially launch on 2nd March 2015.
For further details or for press enquiries please contact email@example.com.
A pair of vintage Harp Arm chairs, possibly Danish, circa 1950’s which have recently been transformed by Florrie+Bill for a London Interior Design client, using a bespoke choice of fabric.
These chairs looked, (I will say it), slightly unattractive in their original condition. However, I knew once the old fabric was removed and replaced, they would look incredible. These gorgeous vintage chairs, feature beautiful harp arm detailing, and have stunning classic tapered legs with compact proportions.
The woodwork was in a bad way, so the arms and legs were professionally stripped back, and re-polished by Neil of Melbourne Hall Furniture Restorers. The wood was re-finished to a medium oak colour as per the request from the client.
The original fabric consisted of orange, brown and beige stripes, and had holes in places. All of the original worn interior fillings were removed and replaced with new, and re-built on the original sprung cage base unit.
The chairs were then reupholstered in Kirkby Designs ‘Apex‘ in Natural which features a large-scale chevron pattern. These chairs really suit the light and airy fabric choice which allows the show wood arms to really shine. For similar bespoke projects please contact me.
It’s been a busy few months here at Florrie+Bill restoring vintage G Plan 6250 swivel chairs. All these chairs have been restored to client’s own bespoke requirements, with Florrie+Bill recommending and suggesting the final fabrics. We even exported a matching pair of ivory and brown leather G Plan chairs to Dubai, UEA! Florrie+Bill goes international! If you have been inspired by these reinvented design classics, please get in touch if you would like to discuss a bespoke project of your own.
At Florrie+Bill we LOVE restoring vintage cocktail chairs. We simply cannot get enough of them! The curves, the proportions – the attitude! Yes, although they are small they pack a punch in the style stakes in any room setting – especially when covered in colourful Geometric fabrics from Flock Fabrics and Kirkby Design. Aside from the current ‘Flocktail’ collection, we do offer these in your own choice of fabrics and also work with various Interior Design firms to add customer’s own fabrics to. Just look at some of the examples we have been producing lately! Swoon!
Navy is a hot interior trend right now, so what better way to add it to your home with this deep inky blue velvet chair?
Restored by Florrie+Bill, this vintage Danish cocktail armchair has been newly recovered in Designers Guild Cassia velvet in colour ‘Ink’. Cassia is a luxurious, richly coloured matt velvet, and in this deep blue looks simply beautiful paired with the light colour show wood arms and classic tapered legs. All the woodwork was professionally restored by Neil at Melbourne Hall French Polishers.
The chair has been fully restored, and has a solid hardwood frame. It also has a full coil sprung seat cage, topped with new horsehair stuffing for superior comfort.
This is a stunning accent chair, which would look great in any mid-century inspired interior. It measures H: 76cm x W: 66cm x D: 72cm Seat Height: 43cm, and is for sale at £725 over at Florrie+Bill.
How refreshing is it to see a bold, bright pop of colour on this Benchair carver chair? This super little retro chair has been restored specially for Quirk Lighting to use in their product photo shoots. Quirk design and hand make a range of seriously cool lampshades, and this chair – with its two colours, echoes their ‘pick & mix’ lampshade range perfectly. It has been recovered using Bute Fabric’s Pentland wool in a dark grey to the back of the chair, and a bright turquoise blue to the front.
Pick & Mix Lampshades available from Quirk Lighting
The chair was originally covered in an old and dirty yellow vinyl. The chair is stamped underneath with the date 7th May 1989. I have now also added the Florrie+Bill stamp to say the chair was restored in 2014, along with a small swatch of the original vinyl. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing this chair grace the pages of Quirk’s lighting website alongside their range of bespoke lighting products. I will be getting more of these chairs in stock soon. Please contact me if you are interested in creating your own pick & mix retro Benchair!
This week saw the completion of a retro chair transformation using a striking colourful teal fabric! This gorgeous little chair is an original 1950’s Danish armchair, with a beautiful show wood detail frame, angular arms and classic tapered legs. It boasts an unusual upholstery inlay detail to the side of the chair, which adds definition to the angles.
The original fabric was a faded burgundy weave, which did little to enhance the stunning frame. I choose a bright colour for this chair as this chair deserves to be noticed! The wood work was professionally french polished as it wasn’t in great condition, so I needed to use a fabric which complemented the new wood tone and made it pop! After much deliberation I opted for Designers Guild‘s Allia in Teal. I’m so glad I did – its such a great colour and has really given a personality to this once forgotten chair.
It’s so comfortable (and I’m not just saying that), the seat is fully sprung and feels like you are sitting on a mattress!
What do you think about the colour of this chair? Would you be brave enough to use teal in your own home? Please comment below!
This chair is currently for sale, priced at £625.00 GBP on the Florrie+Bill website.
A collection of vintage 1950’s Danish cocktail chairs have been recovered in fabrics from the Flock range. Flock work with recent graduate surface designers to create beautiful textiles for interiors, and the designers get to keep their name to their designs – receiving a royalty for every metre of fabric sold. Their collections are carefully curated, with a focus on geometry and colour, printing all of the designs digitally in the UK on 100% linens or sumptuous velvets.
Each vintage chair has been fully stripped back to the hardwood frame and coil sprung seat and completely restored. They have been professionally reupholstered by my Long Eaton based upholsterer – using a mix of traditional and modern techniques. They include horsehair stuffed seats with new webbing and foams to the curved backs to provide superior comfort and support.
There are a few chairs available in stock to purchase now with an immediate delivery. Once out of stock they can be pre-ordered, and will be restored and delivered within a 4 – 6 week lead-time.
Below are images of the range available. Thanks to Holly Booth for the photography.
A collection of scatter cushions will be launching on the Florrie+Bill website soon.