Leather Upholstery

Upholstered Furniture shows very little of the work that goes into it, until one sits on it. Original upholstery often contains coil springs, horsehair and cotton materials, which is often replaced by some reupholsterers without discussion with their clients, with cheaper foam rubber. The feel of foam rubber is different than coil spring upholstery. Coil springs provides firmer support, for the better part of a century, compared to 5 -20 years at best for foam rubber. Down cushions can also be partitioned to prevent shifting of padding. This eliminates frequent plumping of cushions, and yields a much firmer, more comfortable cushion that supports where you sit, instead of everywhere else.

There are many types of recovering that we do, and features provided as part of our service, some of which are listed below:

• With specialized stitching, including saddle stitching, or hand stitching
• Recovering with polyethylene or rubber backing, such as is found with Eames Lounge Chairs or Pollack Chairs manufactured by Herman Miller
•Any type of fabric, vinyl, or suede
• Victorian button tufted upholstery
•Superb pattern matching of repeats throughout recovered fabric

• Leather recovering requiring the use of full thickness ones, such as in the Wassily arm chair
• Victorian button tufted
• Coil spring recovering with spring edge platforms, frequently found in French Art Deco chairs
• Hand stitched modern chairs, including various designs by Arne Jacobsen (Egg Chair & Swan Chair) manufactured by Fritz Hansen, Hans Wegner, and othersk
• Eero Aarnio Ball chair, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, Joe Columbo chairs
• Danish Modern chairs by Dux, and others. We use rubberized straps, Fagas straps, and other original strap materials for mid-century Modern chairs or sofas.
• Danish cord, Caning, rush, splint, and wicker work
• Corbusier lounge chairs
• Exotic chairs, including hair-on pony or cow hides, or zebra printed pony skin, manta ray, ostrich, deer skin, and others

EXAMPLES OF RECOVERING WORK, BEFORE & AFTER:

AMERICAN EMPIRE SOFA, ca. 1820

Sofa with original horsehair fabric

American Empire Sofa after extensive frame repairs and recovering in horsehair

Detail showing French polished finish and recovered bolster cushion

Detail showing stencil gilt decoration and individual brass nail head trim

Original horsehair covering of sofa bolsters

Before recovering and restoration

RECOVERING AND CUSTOM DYEING PROCESS

Tuxedo or Chesterfield Sofa Recovery & Leather Restoration- Seat replaced to match rest of sofa

Chesterfield Sofa with old, worn-out seat

Leather furniture upholstery replaced to match original work, and original one refurbished

Art Deco Club Chair Reupholstering with Skins to be Custom Dyed & finished

Recovering French Club Chair with Custom Dyed & Distresed Fabric Skin

The patina of an old sofa is wonderful. But, after 80 years or more, the fabric skin is often too fragile to sit on. Our solution is to take a top-grain vegetable tanned hide, and then apply aniline dye, pigmented stains, and lacquer to replicate the patina of the original worn one.

CUSTOM HAND-STITCHING RESTORATION:

Custom hand-stitching is necessary in many periods of furniture, including the Craftsman style shown below, and much more so for Art Deco and Modern furniture. Chairs such as the Eero Aarnio Swan or Egg Chairs are entirely hand-stitched.

Mission Period English Sofa Recovering

Arts & Crafts Period Stickley Sofa Recovering and Refinishing

Authentic Saddle Stitching

Detail of The Seat Cushion Stitching

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