The Pantones had been through several lives in shades of laquer and pantone when they arrived at my door. The pair hold particular nostalgic value for their dad, having belonged to his Grandmother when he was little, but needed some love and attention to fit in with his new home.
Originally covered in 70s/80s graphic print which fortold the coming of ‘Happy pants’ in the early 90s, the cushions were rounded, buttoned, dated. We floated several fabric palettes in the studio, but ultimately landed on a ‘simple’ single fabric. The pantone swatch sheet is easily as busy as it’s predecessor, but fresh and contemporary. The rounded corners were squared off in a border of white linen canvas, and a single stitch line replaced the dated buttons.
The frames were stripped, sanded and oiled with tung oil, creating a lighter, natural look.
You’d never know they’re as old as they are, but the client does, and that’s the importance.