These chairs from the 40s/50s are often platform rockers - this one has a simple construction in its base that allows it to tilt back or recline in just one position. Sinuous springs or "S" springs need no attention other than a new burlap cover + spring pad to keep all padding above it intact. But they are double spring systems, with a short coil spring unit in cushion that sits on top of sinuous attached to frame.
Time for a refresher on applying new webbing for your open frame seating such as most Danish open arm chairs, sofas and loveseats, wicker and rattan frames. I've been selling webbing repair "kits" since 2006 when my daughter found a chair in the trash at university far from home and needed materials to fix and reuse.
2014 will see my 5th year in the storefront at 3614 E Lake St, and third year of styling a "Downton Abbey" window at the start of a new season of episodes from this favorite British period drama. I avidly collect French and English textile samples for the shop and love showing their possible applications for upholstery/home decorating - in both an historical sense (even if the piece is a Victorian styled handcarved American walnut antique, such as the parlor chair above) or a cleverly eccentric application such as this midcentury modern chrome sofa reupholstered for designer Jacqueline Fortier in Bennison'scarefully rendered handprint "Chinese Pheasant"...
An armless "slipper" chair bearing a mfg tag as seen below came in to be repadded and reupholstered. You can google Viking Artline (Images) and see all kinds of chairs like this still in existence and for sale. Are they worth it?
I've become acquainted with fellow upholsterers on Instagram from California, down to Texas, over to Jersey, the Carolina's and Georgia, from to Vancouver to Belgium, Norway and France. This is stimulating for me in keeping up with decor trends and technical methods practiced in other workrooms and fun because it feels a little like having pen pals, as I did when I was a kid. While you still hear some people say "upholstery is a dying art", I'm happy to report we are
busy and the upholstery trade for new and antique home furnishings is alive and well. I continue to book well into this summer with projects like this...
As I bid 2012 a hearty Goodbye and Good Riddance (oh it wasn't as bad as all that, just glad to be moving on) I look enthusiastically and optimistically to a dynamic 2013. Maybe the work of reupholstery/restorations has me looking back so much of the time, that in my other life I'm all about looking forward.
End of August, Miller Upholstering participated in Longfellow neighborhood's art crawl, LoLa 2012. This is an Eastlake chair frame that guest Mosaic and Assemblage artist Glen Riddle and I worked on together. This chair is available for show or sale by contacting me at the shop. Glen and I would like to see it traveled around and enjoyed if not purchased outright, instead of sitting in storage!