The London Chair Collective

Upholstery by Esther Denny


Esther left her job with the NHS to retrain as an upholsterer and has since completed three years of training in both traditional and modern upholstery at the Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design), receiving an award from the Worshipful Company of Upholders.

Esther now takes on commission work, which to date has included both domestic and commercial work, with a slight leaning towards the mid 20th Century and a challenge! Domestic commissions have involved working on both traditional and modern chairs, along with the odd sofa here and there.

Commercial work undertaken includes redoing sixty dining chairs for the new Caravan restaurant in Kings Cross as well working with Jude Dennis on a repeat commission to recover forty vintage cinema seats for London Fashion Week.

Esther Denny



Examples of work

Wooden Chair
Armchair Fully reupholstered and covered in Bute waffle weave fabric with green velvet detail
Danish style chair Saved from being thrown in the skip, frame and wood restored and covered in Bute Tweed.
1920s tub chair A commission, covered in a lovely ellipse patterned fabric Tribecca by Sanderson
Victorian fireside chair Fully reupholstered and covered in green velvet
Red tub chair Fully reupholstered and covered in customer’s red fabric



Commissions

London Fashion Week I worked for Jude Dennis on this project, which consisted of forty vintage cinema seats that we refinished the wood on and recovered twice for two London Fashion Week shows so date.  Photos are from the first show last summer/autumn.
Danish style chair Saved from being thrown in the skip, frame and wood restored and covered in Bute Tweed.
Louis 16th style chair Fully reupholstered in Sanderson fabric.  Rabbit optional.
Victorian fireside chair Fully reupholstered and covered in green velvet
American rocker This rocking chair traveled all the way from East Coast to USA to be partially rebuilt and fully reupholstered by Esther in William Morris fabric.
Italian designer chair Recovered in white leather

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