I love the clean lines of retro furniture; they can easily work in a contemporary space by changing upholstery or wood finish and this exactly what I did with this 1950’s Parker Knoll chair.
The top upholstery wasn’t totally offensive, but I knew it was covering something more unpleasant. When I took it off, I found a crusty velvet upholstery ….Mmmm! lovely, so off with it too.
When all the upholstery was removed I unearthed the original pillow back cushioning and rubber waffle seating, both where re-useable after a cleaning.
The frame got the usual pampering (sanded, treated & beeswax). Its springs were in great shape but needed new fabric covering between them & cushioning with box pleats to accommodate their movement. Then it was on with the cushioning & under cloth, ready for the fun; top upholstery.
I had a nice collection of fabrics in pale pink and greys which can add a feature to a neutral palette room. Check out the results: