What lies beneath!!! @nadinebaggott bought these beautiful Halabala 1930's ArtDeco bentwood chairs from a reputable antique and interiors shop in Chiswick.
The H-269 Lounge Chair designed Jindřich Halabala for UP Závody Brno, is arguably the most well-known Czech design, instantly recognizable for its exaggerated, curved arms.
Czech industrial designer Jindřich Halabala is known for his modernist, industrially manufactured furniture in Czechoslovakia and had a huge influence on the interior design of many postwar Czech homes.
This pair of Halabalas were sold as fully restored however every time Nadine sat on them she felt something was wrong as they were very uncomfortable, so they were relegated to sit upstairs hidden away.
On 1st viewing I could see an appalling reupholstery job, staples visible on the outside of the fabric, the beautiful bentwood arms were wobbly & painted with chalkpaint 😩. The seat had a very saggy bottom with the coil springs protruding from the top & bottom of the seat. A bonafide bodge job.
I knew they needed a rebuild, no quick fix for these beauties, so we started looking at fabrics.
Nadine's home is a monochrome marvel, black and white with a smidge of grey
Rarely am I asked to source white velvets, but for this client and these chairs, it was very much the right choice.
She opted for a lush velvet from @osborneandlittle called Addo, a velvet elephant hide design with contrast black piping.
When I stripped the chairs the “bodge job” revealed itself even more.
I uncovered the original webbing that had snapped away from the frame, newer webbing hand sewn onto the original worn and torn webbing to try and keep the springs in the seat.
The original fabric had been left on so no new padding had been added in over 80 years.
After some proper re-upholstery and restoration, some amazing new fabric, the arms stripped back to the bare wood and sprayed a soft sheen black paint, secured with new fixings, the chairs were back to their original glory.
They now sit beautifully in her living room, and are not hidden away as a bad buy.
Now that's what I call re-upholstery and restoration.