Navy Velvet Danish Armchair

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?

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Image below shows the ‘before’ look
Vintage Danish Cocktail Armchair

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.

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Teal Retro Danish Armchair: From Drab to Dreamy

Florrie and Bill Danish Armchair in Teal Designers Guild Allian fabric
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!

Vintage Danish Armchair

Florrie and Bill Danish Retro Armchair back being stripped Florrie and Bill Danish Retro Armchair being stripped

Florrie and Bill Danish Armchair Side in Teal Designers Guild Allian fabric

Florrie and Bill Danish Armchair Side 2 in Teal Designers Guild Allian fabric

Florrie and Bill Danish Armchair Detail in Teal Designers Guild Allian fabric

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.

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.

Vintage Cocktail Chair Collaboration with Flock Fabrics

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!

Cutting Flock Studio Fabric for Florrie and Bill Cocktail Chairs

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 amy@florrieandbill.com.

Florrie and Bill Restoring a 1950s Cocktail Chair

Flock studio Fabric for Florrie and Bill Cocktail Chairs

Overlocking Flock Geometric Rachel Parker Fabrics

18 Vintage Esavian Stacking Chairs Restored for a Cafe

Vintage Esavian Chairs 2Earlier this year, a client in Aberdeen contacted me about the 18 vintage Esavian stacking chairs I had available for bespoke recover. The client was opening a new cafe and wanted something with a vintage feel to them.

These chairs were originally designed for Esavian (the Educational Supply Association) by British designer James W Leonard, and they were produced around 1949. ESA produced low cost, quality furniture for schools. These particular chairs have a cast aluminium frame, with upholstered chair seats and back rests. These chairs are adult size, and were still covered in the original tatty yellow and orange vinyl when I purchased them.

Vintage Esavian chairs before restorationEsavian Logo on Vintage Esavian ChairsVintage Esavian Chair backs before restoration Vintage Esavian chair frames before restoration Florrie+Bill

The client wanted the chairs to be covered in a leather similar to the original yellow vinyl. I sourced the yellow leather, and posted out the swatches to the client. I then got asked to source and send a couple of other complementary colours too. So I sent a blue and a green colour which was available in the same leather range. The client decided that in fact he loved all three colours I had sent, so he choose to have each colour on six chairs!

This project was a lengthy one! As there were 18 chairs in total, it seemed to take forever to get them finished! But it was a project I immensely enjoyed as the transformation was beautiful. The chairs had originally come from another cafe, and were very dirty and greasy. After removing each seat and backrest, every aluminium chair frame was thoroughly and gently cleaned with a detergent degreaser, and buffed back up. Each seat pad and back rest was stripped of the old vinyl (rusty staples galore!!!) and finally recovered in the new leather, with the addition of new foam.

Stripping the Vintage Esavian chair backs Vintage Esavian vinyl chair backs during stripping down

The original protector feet, which were inserted into the leg frames were certainly showing signs of wear – as you’d expect from something nearly 65 years old! The original feet appeared to be made from a nylon type material, so I contacted a local plastics moulding company, Markfield Plastics in Bagworth, Leicestershire about getting some replacements made. The manager, Gary, was a star and painstakingly hand-machined all 18 sets of feet – and the end results were excellent. We were then able to add the new feet to ensure there were no wobbles or nasty scrapes to the floor when used in the cafe.

Esavian Chair Feet before Restoration

The old nylon feet above

New Esavian Chair Nylon Feet

The new nylon feet above

I was so pleased to see all the chairs finally come together before they were packaged up ready for transport. What a beautiful set of bespoke cafe chairs! They look so proud, and its hard to believe these are the same dirty, worn out chairs I first started with! I can’t wait to see a picture of them in situ when the cafe opens.

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Origami Garland from Origami-Est

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If you are interested in vintage or retro chairs for your cafe, bar or restaurant – please contact me and I will be happy to help source and restore chairs to your own requirements.

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.

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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!

Restored Vintage G Plan 6251 Footstool Ottoman

The lovely family who gave a home to the two black vintage G Plan 6250 swivel chairs last month, really wanted a matching vintage 6251 footstool / ottoman to compliment their chairs. After numerous phone calls and internet searches I managed to track one down. They appear to be quite hard to get hold of in good condition.

I was really excited about this project as this was the first time I had actually managed to (physically) get my hands on one. I wasn’t disappointed – they are every bit as beautiful as they are in the pictures.

The original foam foot cushion was covered in a beige dralon so this was removed and recovered in a matching black leather. These cushions are attached to the curved wooden base using press fasteners. One part is screwed into the wood, and the other is fixed into the fabric strap underneath the cushion. Slight panic set in when I realised I would have to replace the fastener on the straps, but, thankfully they are a standard size fit (15mm dia.) and the efficient ladies at J A Milton Upholstery Supplies were able to advise and supply the kit I needed! Phew!

There were some slight wear marks to the wood at the edges of the curved support. I decided to get these recoloured by Neil, my local french polisher and the finshed result looked fantastic.

The customer was really pleased with this footstool and sent me this lovely comment:

“The footstool is GORGEOUS – a HUGE thanks!” S.H & family, London

I’ve just managed to secure another two of these footstools. They will be custom covered to match some of the G Plan chairs we are currently working on. I’ll update you with the progress on those over the next few weeks.

If you already have a vintage G Plan 6250 swivel chair and would like a matching custom vintage footstool, please contact me to be put on the waiting list.

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The Vintage 6251 Footstool Before Restoration

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The Press Fastener Tools + Kit from J A Milton

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.

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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.

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