More Lovely Vintage Restored Cocktail Chairs from Florrie+Bill

Cocktail Chair

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!

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Restored 1980’s Benchair Carver Dining Chair in Bute Wool

Restored Retro Benchair Carver Dining Chair in Bute Wool Grey and Blue

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.

Quirk Lighting Pick & Mix Lampshades

Pick & Mix Lampshades available from Quirk Lighting

Restored Retro Benchair Carver Dining Chair side in Bute Wool Grey and Blue


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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.Retro Benchair Carver Dining Chair Retro Benchair CarverI’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!

Restored Retro Danish Armchair

Earlier this month we restored this fabulous retro Danish armchair. I fell in love with the simple, clean design of this chair, and the slightly curved arms are so stylish. This chair was covered in a bespoke choice of fabric by the client, and will be going into a home design studio.

Danish Armchair side on in Grey Villa Nova Geneva Vintage with Flock Cushions by Florrie and Bill

Danish Armchair side in Grey Villa Nova Geneva Vintage by Florrie and Bill

Danish Armchair back in Grey Villa Nova Geneva Vintage with Flock Cushion by Florrie and Bill

It was fully stripped and the wood frame removed from the seat and back. The woodwork had a lovely patina, and was requested to be left looking ‘vintage’ – so we just brightened it up a little using Danish oil. New webbing and foam was added to provide superior comfort as the original webbing and foams had disintegrated. A lovely new dome shape was created on the seat. The chair was newly upholstered in Villa Nova’s Geneva Vintage cotton-linen in the Caraway colour. Its laid back, washed effect texture suits the simple style of this armchair.

Such a transformation – here is a picture of the chair before our restoration. As you can see the original fabric, although quite lovely, was unfortunately dirty and worn.

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Now its fully restored its looking perfect… And it makes such a great chair to use for taking photographs of cushions!

Danish Armchair front in Grey Villa Nova Geneva Vintage with Flock Cushions by Florrie and Bill

Danish Armchair in Grey Villa Nova Geneva Vintage with Flock Cushion by Florrie and Bill

Cushions shown are from a selection of Flock fabrics cushions coming soon at Florrie+Bill.

Bespoke Reupholstery Service for our Vintage and Retro Chairs

Vintage Ercol Studio Couch 355 Daybed Retro

I always have a variety of vintage and retro mid-century chairs in stock waiting to be restored.

While they are waiting to be restored, did you know that they are available to purchase, but upholstered in a fabric of your choice? This is called our Bespoke Reupholstery service. How exciting would it be to design your own vintage or retro chair to perfectly suit your own decor!

On our website you will see a section labelled ‘Chairs Available for Bespoke Reupholstery‘. You can choose any of these chairs and have them reupholstered in your own choice of fabric or leather! All you need to do is hit the ‘Enquire’ or ‘Pre-Order’ button shown on the chair information page and complete your details via the online form. I will then get in touch with you and provide some example prices for the chair fully restored and recovered in a few fabric choices (linens, cottons, velvets). We can then discuss your requirements further and arrange for you to receive fabrics samples. From there I can then tailor the cost and fabric to suit your budget.

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I also sell Gift Cards suitable for these chairs if you wanted to purchase a chair for someone as a surprise present – but then let them have the fun and involvement of choosing their own fabric.

Florrie and Bill Giftcard for Vintage and Retro Chairs

I can also source chairs for you if you are looking for something in particular – Ercol Windsor Chairs are popular and also the G Plan 6250 Swivel Chairs. I also work with Interior Designers and businesses to help create chairs for both domestic and commercial interior projects. For more information please get in touch.

Bespoke Reupholstery Project for a set of Retro Benchair Dining Chairs

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.

Restored Retro Benchair Dining Chairs Andrew Martin Concourse

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.

Vintage Retro Benchair before Restoration in Vinyl

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.

Stripping Benchair Seat Base Frome Somerset BA11 4BW Stamp

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.

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Each chair was stamped with the Florrie+Bill logo and the ‘restored in 2014’ mark. Benchairs at tableThe Benchair dining chairs in their new home.

I currently have 4 more of these Benchairs in stock available for bespoke recover.

Vintage Danish Cocktail Chairs now in Stock

Last week I received my delivery of vintage Danish cocktail chairs. I was really excited to finally get them as I’d been coveting these for a while! I have imported an initial selection of chairs from Europe, and I haven’t been disappointed.

Danish Cocktail Chair for Bespoke Recover

Vintage Danish Cocktail Chairs

These 1950’s cocktail chairs have long tapered legs, and curved, low backs which make them really comfortable – it almost feels like they are giving your back a hug! They are smaller chairs, but big on appeal – and would make a real statement piece covered in either a brightly coloured plain fabric or a pattern.

I will be fully restoring and reupholstering a small selection to sell online, and there will also be a ‘Limited Edition’ collection launched in collaboration with a fabulous UK Textile Designer (more about that soon!).

I am also offering these chairs on a bespoke basis – so a client can choose the chair and select their own fabric to go on it. What better way to add a personalised vintage accent chair into your interior. Take a look at my Pinterest board for ideas on how to style a vintage cocktail chair.

These vintage cocktail chairs would also be the perfect addition to hotel rooms, bar areas or cafes. They can be covered in a bespoke contract grade fabric, and larger volumes can be sourced. They would look equally as good in small groups as they would on their own in a hotel room.

I am also selling some of these chairs as they are for reupholstery purposes by other individuals – so they are ideal for upholstery students to use as projects on upholstery courses in the UK.

Large Danish Vintage Cocktail Chair

Vintage Danish Armchair

Vintage Danish Cocktail Armchair

Vintage Danish Harp Arm Armchairs

Cocktail Vintage Armchair with Arms

I really hope you enjoy looking at Danish cocktail chairs just as much I do! It would be great to hear what you think about them by leaving a comment below! Further information can also be found over on the website.

Custom Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair + Ottoman in Red Leather

Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair in custom red leather

Over the last few weeks I have been working on another vintage G Plan 6250 swivel chair and footstool. The enquiry came to me via my Etsy store. The customer had seen the black chair we did earlier in the year and requested the same chair in a deep red leather.

At the time I didn’t have a G Plan chair in stock, but luckily I was able to source one in good condition within a week. I prepared some red leather samples in varying shades and sent these out to the customer. Upon receiving the samples, the customer decided to use a mid-tone red leather, called Bordeaux.

When I received the G Plan chair into stock it was covered in the original brown dralon and also had the original G Plan label attached to the seat platform. The chair was in average condition for its age with the base in good condition, but the castors, although functional, were showing slight signs of wear.

Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair Brown before Restoring

Red Leather Samples Florrie and Bill

G Plan 6250 Chair Back stripped down

Original G Plan Label on vintage 6250 Chair

Once the frame was stripped, it went off to the workshop to begin its transformation. When the chosen leather was delivered, there was a problem with the quality of one of the hides. There were a couple of holes in one of the pieces (which isn’t unusual as natural scars are cut out of the hides) but as we were cutting such large pieces, this hide was not suitable. I had to return this hide and a new one was promptly sent back out. This delayed the project a little but couldn’t be helped.

The chair frame required new webbing, wadding, and a new foam seat cushion. Once the chair was reupholstered in the soft red leather, it looked out of this world! The colour suited the style of the chair and complimented the dark show wood perfectly.

A few weeks into the initial order I had the opportunity to buy another of the matching 6251 footstools. I contacted my customer to see if she would also like to purchase this and have it covered in the same red leather. She decided she would love to have the matching stool, so this was secured and delivered to me.

When I took delivery of the footstool I realised that the wooden base was a lighter colour than the base of the chair. So, off it went to Neil my local french polisher to darken it down! Neil came to the conclusion that the base had originally been lightened in the past. When he took the chrome support off, there were remnants of old masking tape, and the original dark colour varnish was underneath!

I was really pleased with this project and my customer was a real pleasure to deal with from start to finish.

My customer was also delighted with the result once it was delivered and unpacked. She sent me this kind message:

”We are OVERJOYED with our beautiful new chair and footstool. It is absolutely wonderful to sit in something that is so very comfortable and it fits into its new home absolutely perfectly”. – C.W + family, Surrey

Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair in custom red leather footstool

Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair in custom red leather front

Vintage G Plan 6250 Swivel Chair in custom red leather side

Vintage G Plan 6250 6251 Swivel Chair Ottoman footstool in custom red leather

If you think this project is pretty cool and want your own G Plan swivel chair to relax in, then I’ve recently had another 6250 swivel chair and footstool come into stock which is now available to pre-order. Please contact me to discuss further!

Busy behind the scenes… and another vintage G Plan Footstool!

Apologies for the lack of blog updates over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been super busy working on custom chair orders, which is great, but as most of them are ‘secrets’ until they are actually finished I can’t update you with progress as I go along. Booooo!

I can, however, now show you something that was collected last week. Last month I had the opportunity to restore another (yes, another) vintage G Plan 6251 footstool to match a 6250 swivel chair I did at the end of last year. A nice man purchased this chair for his wife as a present for her 40th birthday (how lovely!). He loved the chair so much he then decided to order a matching footstool to compliment her chair.

I sourced a suitable vintage G Plan footstool and recovered it in a vintage effect grey leather and the Tamasyn Gambell ‘Textured Stripe’ geometric linen to match the chair. It looked amazing when finished. I am hoping to get a photo of the two together! I heard they also ordered the matching Tamasyn Gambell lampshade too!

G Plan 6251 6250 Footstool Tamasyn Gambell Linen

G Plan 6251 6250 Footstool Tamasyn Gambell Linen Top

G Plan 6251 6250 Footstool Tamasyn Gambell Linen Underside

G Plan 6251 6250 Footstool Tamasyn Gambell Linen Castors

Vintage G Plan Footstool

What’s in the box….?

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Project of the Week 2! Ercol Goldsmith Dining Chairs

We have lovingly transformed these 1960’s Ercol chairs into a bright and beautiful dining set. Each chair has been professionally sprayed in a gloss Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Coral and Grey.

The chairs are made of solid beech and elm, and are all in a very sturdy condition. They are all stamped underneath with the Ercol marking ‘BS CF 1960 2056’.

There are some slight marks to the frames, but this adds to the vintage charm. The grey chair does have a little nibble mark to the edge of the seat – we think a dog may have tried to have a little feast over the years! We have sanded this back, but once again adds to the character of the furniture.

See how we chose the colours for our chairs here >

(Please note: The pictures show small tacks in the bottom of the feet – these are for our spraying / storage use and will be removed prior to shipping).

To purchase please see our Etsy Listing here >>

Ercol Goldsmith Coloured Chairs

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs x 4 Side

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs Front View

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs Close Up

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs Detail

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs with Bunny Lamp

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs Coral Detail

Ercol Goldsmith Chairs Grey Chair Seat Detail

Project of the week! G Plan Swivel Chair

Our long-awaited G Plan swivel chair has now been lovingly restored!G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

With its rock and swivel action this chair has been described as ‘The most comfortable chair in the world’. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a truly unique version of the chair made famous by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the Classic Bond Films. The original model number of this chair is 6250.

When we first acquired this chair, it was in a very sorry state. The original orange vinyl was faded, and split in places. The seat webbing had deteriorated and it was a little moldy. However, here at Florrie+Bill we look past the rips, tears and garish fabrics and see a stunning piece of British Furniture design awaiting to shine once more.

We thought about how we would reupholster this chair a great deal. We deliberated many times over the fabrics, leathers and colour choices – it really has been a project of devotion! The one thing that we wanted to create was a piece of furniture that was unquestionably unique.

When we saw the completed chair (sat proudly in our living room) we fell in love with it ourselves!

We settled on covering this stunning chair in sand coloured full aniline leather from Halo, teamed with stunning Andrew Martin ‘Concourse’ fabric. The leather used is hand finished to show all the patina, warts and all – which will age beautifully with use.

The luxurious deep buttoned back has been contrasted with Concourse fabric covered buttons to bring the chair bang on trend.

We have retained the original tilt and rocker swivel base, which ensures that the chair maintains its original sit. We gave this a good clean up to find all the show wood in perfect condition.

As a finishing touch we have also hand stitched the original G Plan (Ebenezer Gomme) label to the seat platform, to retain the authenticity of this product. This label was previously salvaged from the lining cloth on the underside of the chair.

This chair is a definite statement piece, and you will not find another like this!

Buy this chair

All our chairs are reupholstered to comply with current fire regulations.  Please note: The scatter cushion shown is not included.

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250 Before Restoration

G Plan Chair Before Restoration

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

G Plan Chair After Restoration

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250

G Plan Swivel Wing Chair Model 6250