Women’s Wear Chairs

fashion inspired chairs - Hancock and Moore button-tufted leather an animal print red Artists Chair - via atticmagWomen’s fashion inspired chairs offer unique chair upholstery ideas using leather, wool and prints in chic ways.

Like great couture, producing a professional and artistically upholstered chair  – one with standout or unique treatments – requires skill and experience.  The devil, of course, is in the details and getting them all right can make the difference between a stellar piece and a hot mess.  While fashion inspired chairs, chairs upholstered with motifs taken from clothing, are by nature trendy, a wide range of special upholstered effects are possible.  Straight forward leather would lack the flair of Hancock and Moore’s Artist Chair [top] which combines a button tufted leather back and seat with a color-matched animal print leather (nothing faux, please!)  on the back and sides. Decorative brass nail heads adorn and emphasize the concept and the combination of materials.  I may be the only one who thinks this looks like an inside out handbag, but I do.

fashion inspired chairs - 18th century style frame chair with vintage fabric on the back and new fabric by Albert Hadly ont he seat, front and arms - house beautiful via atticmagAn exposed frame on the back of a French chair is the opportunity to do an 18th century look by using two different but related patterns. The great Albert Hadley did just that for a client who asked to preserve the vintage fabric on the back and replace only the front and arms.

fashion inspired chairs - Sarah Whyberd's blue tartan quilt motif chair via atticmagA bespoke 1930s chair is gloriously reimagined in sky blue tartan wool, with welting and a pleated detail including a brace of buckles on the back. Nobody should put this baby in the corner.

fashion inspired chairs - Aiveen Daly's McQueen Stiletto chair in red tartan upholstery via atticmagIncluded in Aiveen Daly’s line of custom Stiletto chairs (named for those tapered black legs) is the McQueen, a plaid beauty with tricky bias draping and small buttons on the front — a likely nod to the late English couturier famed for his tailoring.

fashion inspired chairs - velvet-upholstered Spank Stiletto chair with black satin corset detailing on the back - aiveendaly via atticmagA more girly Stiletto, dubbed the Spank, is velvet-upholstered boudoir number with a black satin ribbon detailing the corset motif in back.

fashion inspired chairs - cameo back French chair covered in boiled wool fabric with decorative buttons by Amanda Nesbit via atticmagThe cameo back of a French side chair designed by Amanda Nesbit has the near whimsy of a happy face. Are boiled wool fabric and big covered buttons are a fashionista’s take on a Jackie O coat?

(Source: Hancock and Moore, housebeautiful, sarahwhyberd, aiveendaly, Amanda Nesbit)

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2 Responses to Women’s Wear Chairs

  1. rayfsch June 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    Love the article – Do you know the maker of the first chair, with the red leather & zebra print? It is gorgeous!


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