1970s Eames Compact Sofa

...as emailed to me, inquiring of cost and timeline. Having never done an Eames Compact Sofa before (Herman Miller - and shown here in Herman Miller Stripe) I didn't real know what I was in for. Turns out it was basically a cushion job applied... Upholstered wood applied to a metal frame. With a few challenges. Explanation as follows:

Worn out and decomposed petrol foam. Powders down to nothing and offers no resilience. But hey - 40 yrs is a good run, right?

A 2" boxed cushion with flange pockets on each end and back to hold it to metal frame...

Learning about how this piece of furniture was constructed as I take it apart. All the old stuff must've removed as usual ...

2" foam was set into the side-boarded plank then cheesecloth was used to smooth the hard line, cut-edge of foam. So it'll finish with a nicely rounded edge.

Sew the welt cording to oval-ish sides first to stabilize the shape.

Each piece can stretch while you sew, causing the piece to finish too big, then it doesn't fit and must be done again smaller. Luckily, this job I did it right first time. There is also a variance in top and bottom curves, so they are marked. That way I won't upholster the new fabric upside down on each board. They look the same to the naked eye, but the measurements are slightly different. The top is a little tighter than the bottom. Clever Eames!

After the piece is successfully sewn, fit onto boards and staple down. Apply welt cord trim.

It finished nicely in a classic fine red chenille by Knoll. You can't imagine its comfort until you sit on one of these ergonomic beauties!