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!
I was recently lucky enough to be asked to restore 6 original retro 1980’s Benchair dining chairs for a local client. These particular Benchair dining chairs were originally made in Frome, Somerset, UK in 1989.
They were originally covered in a dark orange vinyl, with the teak coloured legs in a great used condition. I especially love the design of the legs on these Benchairs, and with a rather roomy seat and backrest, they offer superb comfort.
Each chair was fully stripped of the old vinyl, foam, and hessian. The frame was polished, but not touched up as the original patina was to be kept. Each chair was then re-webbed with the addition of new foam on the seats.
The chairs were then reupholstered in a hardwearing sand beige coloured leather, and teamed with a complimentary Andrew Martin ‘Concourse’ fabric to the back of each chair. ‘Concourse’ is a cotton print depicting American subway signs.
These chairs looked completely different when the project was completed. They are individual, and a real statement set. The new owner was so happy with their new chairs, and they looked really stunning in their new home – a newly converted factory with exposed brickwork and huge windows. The mix of the leather and fabric worked well with the industrial vibe of the new house.
Each chair was stamped with the Florrie+Bill logo and the ‘restored in 2014’ mark. The Benchair dining chairs in their new home.
I currently have 4 more of these Benchairs in stock available for bespoke recover.
We have 4 ‘Benchairs’ dining chairs which we are currently restoring. These chairs were made with stream bent plywood backs, and a lovely curved crossrail detail to the legs.
The chairs are stamped ’21 Mar 1969′ making these chairs 43 years old! They are in really good condition despite their age, as they had been kept in storage for quite some time. From what I can find out, these chairs were manufactured by Benchairs (Western) Limited who were based in Frome, Somerset. The company closed in 1991. I believe their company slogan was ‘furniture that takes some beating’. I would love to find out more about this company in the future as their chairs are pretty marvellous!
We have removed all the vinyl covers and stripped the old foams which were fixed to the backs and seat pads. We will replace this with new foam.
We noticed that each chair looked a little different in how the joints were constructed – although the overall finished look is the same. However, upon stripping the last chair we found the word ‘SAMPLE’ written on the underside. So… are they the original prototypes for the models going forward? We will never know but we feel this makes them all the more special and we thought this was quite a find!
We are going to recover these chairs in a leather and fabric. Below are some of the pictures to show the stripped down version before we restore them! (We restored a set last year – see picture at the end).
Similar Benchairs we restored last year
Florrie+Bill Benchairs in Living Etc Magazine 2012
WOW, earlier this week we opened the Feb 2012 edition of Living Etc. to see Wael and Kellie’s stunning home (“Hunter Gatherers” page 44) with our fantastic Upcycled Benchairs in Andrew Martin ‘Concourse’ fabric that Wael purchased from us on eBay last year… We couldn’t believe our eyes!!