Creative Reupholstering

May 26, 2010, 06:00 am  Posted by needlearts

I love old furniture…and textiles. And if you combine the two in an interesting way, I’m in heaven. Which explains why my heart rate quickened just a bit when I came across this chaise at one of my all-time favorite stores ABCCarpet. Wondering how furniture can be inspiring? Take a look…

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A little further research led me to  Bokja Design, a Turkish company, based in Beruit, run by Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri.  Two exceptionally talented interior designers who combine running a good business with doing good for their community. Most of the traditional textiles that cover their furniture are handmade by local artisans.  Bokja Design is responsible for the two amazing pieces shown above.

I got a bit curious about who else might be upholstering furniture in interesting ways and I found several sites on patchwork upholstery: Squint,  (a London based shop specializing in handmade furniture upholstered with embroidered Japanese ceremonial silks, English damasks with Swarovski crystal detailing, and 18th and 19th century French trim);

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Couch, another London-based shop;

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and finally, Ginnyvision.

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I haven’t yet decided how long I could really live with all this color, but that’s not going to stop me from trying to create a piece of my own.


5 Responses

    I was just at ABCHome in NYC the other day before dinner at Pipa, the lovely chandelier inspired tapas restaurant attached to the store. ABC has such wonderful stuff! There upholstery patters are so much fun. Every part about the store makes want to live inside it!

    Megan says:

    I couldn't agree more!

    Rodin's Muse says:

    oooh! You find such inspiring pieces of art/crafts! Maybe when I retire I'll be able to try my hand at such extreme loveliness! Thanks!

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