Learning what to take and what to leave behind in my daily travels is proving to be an artform. A sad stool by itself doesn’t always stand out, but if, somewhere along the line, another piece presents itself as a fitting partner, I will kick myself for not taking a gamble. It’s a bit like playing ‘memory’ over the course of years…
Lucky for all of us I can’t say no to an atomic metal base!
Something about the rough hunk of painty terracotta seat also pulled my heart strings, so I held on to it until someone appreciated it too. In the interim I found another base, which was same same, but different. With no seat or back to indicate it’s original form, it was a blank canvas that could be anything.
The pair of ‘bones’ caught the eye of visiting client, who has amassed a collection of mid century modern furniture.
Both metal frames were sanded back by hand, and slathered in rust converter before being primed and resprayed in gloss black. A new seat and back were moulded for the second stool, their forms echoing similar curves from that era, and upholstered in 15mm foam.
That terracotta block set the tone for the pair when it came to the final palette, complimenting more traditional mid century colours of olive and rust.
I thoroughly enjoyed sketching new shapes which played up to it’s atomic heritage.My fabric collection amassed on a similar brief to chairs – a colour, a texture, the whiff of potential I couldn’t pass on. There was only 70cm of this rusty woven stripey clay when I found it, but I knew one day it would find a home. Spliced with hand printed fabric from Australian designers (Thea & Sami and Cloth Fabric), the pair have a casual, contemporary appeal.
NB Bringing your own chairs for resurrection can lower costs, depending on the amount of ’embedded’ work inherent in your piece. ie it depends on the structural integrity and finish of the piece, along with any previous upholstery that must be repaired, stripped or undone before beginning resurrection.