This Howard & Sons 'Grantley' sofa arrived in a very sorry state needing complete restoration.
After restoring the frame of this elegant sofa Circa 1885, it was completely reupholstered with pure down filled cushions laid over medium gauge springing and horsehair filled hand stitched edges. Finally this sofa was covered in a cotton print to match the original workshop finish.
Following the removal of all previous padding which had reached the end of its life, the chair was then rebuilt with various densities of modern foam to create a really comfortable chair.
Surely the finished outcome of this chair illustrates the reason why its worth 'upcycling' our everyday furniture.
The filling of the chair was dangerously outdated, being wood shavings of Norwegian spruce, a common filling of the early 1900s, a far safer alternative is natural curled horsehair which is inherently fire retardant.
The matching pair of chairs finished in Parker & Joules fabric with a self piped finish.
The chair designed by Dr C Dresser circa 1875 had to be hand tacked throughout in keeping with tradition for this historic piece.
Over the years a large quantity of very fine Aesthetic furniture has been worked on for Paul Reeves who is a leading Arts and Crafts expert working internationally. The work often involves projects for museum collections and historic houses, such furniture re-enforces the need to maintain the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship.
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