The London Chair Collective

Upholstered Fluted Victorian Iron Back Chair - The Restoration

Restoration by Val Davison. Click here for more of her work.

Classic Fluted Iron Back Chair

Classic Fluted Iron Back Chair
1 - The chair before re-upholstery.

Victorian Iron Back

2 - The old upholstery is carefully removed to reveal the original iron backed frame.

Victorian Iron Back
3 - The iron bars are covered in calico to prevent rust and hessian is hand sewn to the iron frame to provide the foundation for the upholstery to the back

Victorian Iron Back
4 - Each flute is created separately using a first stuffing of fibre.

Victorian Iron Back
5 - A second stuffing of animal hair is then added to provide a soft, but firm, finish.

Victorian Iron Back
6 - A calico cover is hand sewn to the frame to keep the stuffing in place and provide a crisp base for the top cover.

Victorian Iron Back
7 - A new seat is created using webbing, springs and fibre. The fibre is covered in scrim and has a ‘stitched edge’ to ensure the seat is firm to sit on and that the shape of the seat is crisply defined.

Victorian Iron Back
8 - The top cover (as with the calico cover) is made from individual panels to ensure the pattern of the fabric is aligned.

Victorian Iron Back
9 - Each panel is hand sewn to the back of the chair. The seat cover is tacked to the wooden seat frame.

Victorian Iron Back

10 - A finishing cord is applied by hand between each of the flutes and around the panel of the seat.

Victorian Iron Back

10 - The finished chair.

Victorian Iron Back

Victorian Iron Back

Victorian Iron Back



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