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.

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Restored Parker Knoll PK 988 Chairs

I bought a pair of 1960’s Parker Knoll PK 988 chairs last year. These chairs have a lovely mid-century clean and simple design. I thought they would be perfect for recovering in a vivid yellow Bute Fabrics Wool with the chosen fabric looking striking against the original dark varnish. However I soon realised that the original varnish was beyond repair. Mini disaster! All the arms were peeling and the varnish flaking off the legs. I decided they had to be stripped back to the original beech colour and french polished, otherwise there was no point in reupholstering them.

After stripping off the old fabric, they went to Neil Collumbell, French Polisher of Melbourne Hall Furniture Restorers in Melbourne, Derbyshire. When the frames had been refinished I knew immediately that I wanted to put a lighter colour fabric on them to compliment the new, soft wood tone. I chose Villa Nova’s Geneva Vintage in ‘Hemp’ stone grey. This is a stonewash effect cotton-linen in a neutral colour that would fit into most interiors.

During the reupholstering process I decided to add in four buttons to the back of each chair to bring them up to date. I thought they looked too plain without them. With the addition of new seat foams, these chairs are now very supportive comfortable lounge chairs.

I hope you agree that they were worth salvaging in the end! The chairs are currently for sale on my website here.

Grey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026 sideGrey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026 Pair Grey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026 TopPair Grey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026Grey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026 ButtonsGrey Parker Knoll Chair PK 988 - 1026 BackParker Knoll PK 988 Before Restoration

Parker Knoll Rocking Chair PK 973-4 Restoration

This beautiful rocking chair is an original 1960’s Parker Knoll. Now, I must admit when I first purchased it, it didn’t look too grand. The original dark varnish had chipped off, and the original upholstery was tatty.

After stripping off all the fabric, I realised that the frame was far too battered to even get away with looking ‘vintage’. Hmmm. So I took it to the lovely Neil Collumbell, French Polisher of Melbourne Hall Furniture Restorers in Melbourne, Derbyshire. Neil advised that it was best to take the beech wood back to the natural colour, apply a light stain and reapply french polish wax – all by hand. This was to help maintain the vintage patina and charm. So, I set Neil to work.

The finished results of the french polishing was beyond my expectations. I didn’t actually think it was the same chair! The frame turned out a gorgeous honey colour, which was soft and smooth to the touch. Very exciting. (I could get addicted to this french polishing).

The rocking chair was then newly upholstered by my amazing upholsterer in Villa Nova’s Geneva Vintage in ‘Delta’ soft blue. This is a stonewash effect cotton-linen and compliments the wood tone perfectly. I decided that to bring this chair up to date, that three buttons should be added to the back. I kept these in the same colour as I didn’t want the upholstery to overpower the frame.

Overall, this project actually brought a tear to my eye. I had seen this ‘ugly’ little duckling of a rocking chair transform into this now beautiful little swan. I know that sounds really corny, but hey, its the only way I can describe it! I hope you agree! You can find the rocking chair for sale over at www.florrieandbill.com.

Parker Knoll Rocking Chair PK 973-4 Blue FrontParker Knoll Rocking Chair PK 973-4 BlueParker Knoll Rocking Chair PK 973-4 Blue ButtonsVintage Parker Knoll Rocking Chair

2 Seater Sofa Project: The After Photos!

As promised, here are the pictures of our 2 seater sofa revamp!

Long gone are the dirty green covers and Queen Anne style feet!

We reupholstered the whole sofa in a light cream linen-look polyester fabric (washable at 30 degrees as we have a baby on the way!), and added 3 buttons to the back to add interest. We added a bandage arm detail to the wings and only piped the outside edges to help bring this sofa up-to-date!

We completed the look with some bespoke, turned wooden feet, finished in a distressed black varnish. We think the transformation is rather marvellous!

It’s really comfortable and fits superbly in our bay window.

We hope you like the project!

2 Seater Sofa Reupholstery

Green 2 Seater Sofa

Before!!!

Project: 2 Seater Sofa

We know you may be thinking ‘What on earth is that!!!?’

However, we saw something very different. Underneath that dirty green fabric we saw a beautiful 2 seater wing sofa just waiting to be transformed.

This project is actually something we purchased for our own home – to go in a bay window.

It’s already had its makeover and is waiting to be photographed this weekend! …So, check back next week to find out if you like the Florrie+Bill overhaul!

Green 2 Seater Sofa

Green 2 Seater Sofa

Green 2 Seater Sofa

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

Moodboard for Ercol Goldsmith Chairs

I recently found a great online tool for helping create digital moodboards. Olioboard is tailor-made with interior designers in mind, and integrates a huge library of interior design related images, neatly organised by category which are ready to be dropped into your creation. You can even add your own images too.

I’ve just created my first moodboard with Olioboard – which helped me when choosing the spray colours for our 4 x Ercol Goldsmith Dining Chairs we are currently restoring.

Below shows my moodboard, drawing inspiration from navy & ocean blues, corals and grey. The four colour blocks at the bottom are the spray paint colours I have ordered. Each chair will be painted in one colour.

Hopefully we will have these chairs finished and for sale by next weekend!

Ercol Chairs Moodboard

 

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!

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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

1960’s Rockers – Client Recover

We were approached by a client to recover a pair of 1960′s rocking chairs which had been inherited from an Aunt. She had seen our recovered Benchairs on our Facebook page, and was keen to turn the rockers into something special.

After an initial consultation, we decided that we were to keep to a colour scheme to compliment her existing sofa, and use the Andrew Martin Concourse fabric.

We covered the backs of the chairs in the Concourse fabric, and covered the seat cushion in a gold bouclé fabric. We contrast piped the edges of the seat cushion in the Concourse and put in a couple of buttons to add interest.

We added new foam interiors to the seats and also replaced the original Pirelli webbing.

Aside from a good clean up, we left the chair frames as they were to retain the patina.

The chairs looked great back in place in the clients living room and are sure to be a talking point. It’s also nice to know the chairs will be enjoyed for many more years to come in our clients family, now the chairs have a new lease of life.

Rocking Chairs - Before

Before

Rocking Chairs Close Up - Before

Before

Rocking Chairs - After

After

Rocking Chairs - After 1

After

Rocking Chairs Close Up - After

After

New Projects Nearly Ready!

We are pleased to announce that we will have two new items available for purchase very soon!

This weekend will see us finish sanding and finishing the wooden armchair frames, and next week the seat cushions will have been reupholstered – so the items can then be photographed and added to the site.

Below is a sneak preview of the fabric we have used. We chose a light grey and mustard-yellow to complement the soft colour of the wood.

Grey and Mustard Yellow Fabric

We have also chosen the leather and fabric to cover our G Plan ‘Blofeld’ Chair… but for now we’re keeping that a secret!