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this is the pretty seat from which i work.

may i tell you the story of the Chair?  it was originally an old black-leather discard that my friend tho & i had found on campus several years ago.  the Chair waited patiently since then for some loving until last fall, when scott got his hands on it & began working on reupholstering it.  i had bought fabric for it some time before (a robert kaufman print), but since it wasn’t the appropriate type of fabric for upholstery, scott went searching for something comparable he thought i might like – first, a red toile on white, then a plain red fabric.  however, the toile wasn’t quite the red hue he was looking for, & the red fabric was simply too plain.  so, instead he scanned the original fabric i had bought, scaled it to fit the proportions of the Chair, traced the pattern by hand (in two stages: the outline & the fill), personalized the seat pattern with the letter “v” & flower illustrations, transferred the pattern to screens, & screenprinted the pattern onto fresh white fabric himself.  scott disassembled the Chair, built a completely new seat (the original seat bottom had a big hole cut out of it, which caused the foam inside to rot & crumble), installed all new foam padding, sewed together the fabric and painstakingly covered the chair seat & back, sanded & oiled the chair legs twice over (the legs used to be dark brown), used new stainless steel hardware throughout & attached new silver feet.  he also built an additional panel to cover the bottom of the Chair, concealing where all the stapled fabric ends land (he’s a detail-oriented stickler for a polished finish).

it’s perfect with the minty-blue walls, isn’t it?

(these words are only half of the story, really.  have a look at the process yourself.)