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.
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?
Image below shows the ‘before’ look
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.
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.
I’m thrilled to announce that my restored vintage cocktail chairs which I have launched in collaboration with Flock are now available to purchase online.
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.
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.
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.
Now its fully restored its looking perfect… And it makes such a great chair to use for taking photographs of cushions!
Cushions shown are from a selection of Flock fabrics cushions coming soon at Florrie+Bill.
What do you get when you take a curvy little vintage cocktail chair and throw the fabulous Flock fabrics into the mix? Something quite spectacular!
Florrie + Bill is launching a range of restored and reupholstered vintage 1950’s Danish cocktail chairs in collaboration with Flock fabrics. Flock showcases colourful and geometric fabrics with designs by Cerys Ackland, Lucy Rainbow, Angela Johnston and Rachel Parker. All are recent graduate designers who are provided with a rare platform to showcase their talent. All the designers get to keep their name to their work and receive a royalty for every metre of fabric sold. All fabrics are digitally printed or screen printed by hand in the UK.
More information and photographs will be released early next week, with the chairs available for pre-order on the website. For now, here are a few teaser photos! For press enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.