Reclaimed and Re-upholstered

Month: June, 2013

Roxy Music Album Cover Cushions

Charged with a soft seating solution to upstairs’ manly benchiness at Bristol’s brand new cycling cafe hub ROLL FOR THE SOUL I came up with these. For basically no money.

Camera 360 Camera 360

I had to balance form with function. This place is gonna be full of green-oil-ed, dirty-spoked, egg-in-beard, rocket-fuel coffee waving, croissant-crumbling cyclists. So, it was gonna have to be wipe-clean or washable. Plus, as a public space it has to meet certain extra fire reg. requirements. So, sodding leatherette it was.

I have found out that leatherette has lots of admirable qualities- clean cut lines, squeakisexyness, bright colours. It also, unfortunately, resists sloppy stitching and absolutely WILL NOT be zipped by my Jones. So, simple envelope shape, in offcuts. Imagine Jerry Hall draped over them. With a beard. And Lycra shorts. And a sweaty TdF T-shirt. Drinking coffee. Yeah. That’s right.

Roll For The Soul opens on July 1st. I’ll be there, draped over the cushions upstairs. I might even be wearing a beard.

Ercol Daybed Dreaming

OK. So I finally got my paws on one. Yes. I did. I love it, even though the old foam smells of old ladies. I love it, even though it’s covered in 100% flammable porridgey ‘wool’. I love it, even though the webbing is sagging. I love it, even though I’m gonna have to sell it.

Reader, I WILL re-upholster it.

Suggestions, please. What would YOU like to see on this absoflippinglutely lovely piece of British design history?


Ercol Armchair. YEAH!

Hello. I am a design classic, looking for a home. Look at me, all alone, left on the street with the chewing gum and art. I have lovely blonde wood and have been primped  with a new seat pad plus two scatter cushions in grey flecked Camira fabric with yellow piping to show off my lines. I am very well behaved and nicely slung and I promise not to make a mess or feed the dog. Thank you for your attention.