THE DISH ON BUILDING A CHAIR
The beauty of custom is that it is built for one person. It is exactly what they want, not researched number crunched market researched and predetermined to suit a general wide margin taste.
These are dining room chairs for an elegant circular table where Hunts Club meets Sophisticated Home.
We start with the frame. This is a rolled back, rolled arm, parson dining chair. When upholstered it will have a tight seat, tight back and skirt. The legs will also sit on rolling castors that will be concealed by the skirt.
From frame, we add webbing and soft foam around the base. We pictured out crew at Tiger Lilys (www.tigerlilygreenwich.com) in different stages of the build out. What I like most about capturing the moments of the build out is that from 10-chairs each one is done differently.
There is consistency and continuity in the production but how they are approached makes them an artisan craft. After webbing and foam, the inside batting is covered in muslin to hold the materials in place.
This is where you know quality exists. In a world where things are made cheaper, and factory’s bang out product at a fraction of the cost, one always questions how do they cut costs? Remarkably and I can tell you from experience, a #learned trick of the trade is that many companies go from foam to fabric, cutting out this critical step.
You don’t actually see it so what does it matter? Good question I presented myself and here’s the answer that follows. It makes a difference in how the piece will wear long term. Adding a layer between the materials and the fabric creates a protective coat. Consider the friction for example of wear and tear on your favorite jeans and how they fray at the knee.
Once the bones are in place or the furniture is dressed, we can add the accessories. When it custom that can mean anything from bullion, tape or nails. In this case it is a combination of two.
From this point the skirt is then fasted to the frame of the chair and applied. There is a skinny welting to transition between frame and skirt.
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