Chair Haul

This week I hit quite a score.  20 chairs in one day!  Some of the chairs have already made their way into Hawthorne Vintage.  We are working quite diligently on the rest.  We are looking forward to restoring all of these wonderful chairs.

Here is a closer look at a few of the pieces.
This set of 4 Eames shell chairs are an early example of this iconic design.  They have the steel X base with cup feet rather than a zinc base with plastic feet.  Sadly someone drilled drain holes in each of the seats but they would still make a great patio set for someone.


Erik Buch's barstool design may be the most iconic modern barstool of all.  This fine example also hase rosewood footrests.


We got right to work on this Jens Risom armchair.  Many of his designs were produced with a dark wood and light fabric contrast.  That was the reason we decided to upholster this chair in a brilliant yellow fabric

 We are always on the hunt for wood frame lounge chairs.  It had been a while since we have had any.

 It is rare to find modern design furniture from Japan.  These two Japanese lounge chairs are very comfortable.  Refinishing the frames will be challenging but rewarding work.

 This Eames armshell chair has hard to find reclining caster base.  The shell is damaged beyond repair but I will save the base and wait to find a nice shell for it.

 We were thrilled to find yet another modern task chair.  This one is by George Mulhauser for Plycraft

 Rocking chairs are our favorite chairs.  Yes, this Illum Wikkelso rocking chair was produced with black paint.  It will be available once we get a fresh coat of black paint on it.

 Danish highback lounge chair.  This chair will look stunning once it is upholstered in something a little more eye-catching than black vinyl.

 Lastly, This pair of armchairs is by Hayes furniture but is very similar to a Swedish design by Dux.

Bundle Of Joy

Our blog has been on a 3 week hiatus because we have been very busy with the birth or our daughter Ellie Joy Davidson.  She was born on 7/22 at 3:39pm 6 pounds 9 ounces.  She was born healthy and we are enjoying the experience of being first time parents.


 Although our pace has slowed a little with Heather taking some time off of doing upholstery I have continued to do as much woodworking as I can squeeze in.

Here is a before & after picture of a credenza from our last post // Sold


Newly refinished G Plan credenza.  Sold in just a few hours.

Newly refinished custom built walnut credenza.

Last but not least we also found a Hans Wegner "Papa Bear" ottoman in excellent original condition. It is now up for bid on eBay.

British Invasion

I went on a buying trip this weekend and found quite a few wonderful pieces.  We also finished several projects since our last post.  Here are a few of the noteworthy pieces.

Our big score this weekend was this pair of British credenzas.  Each one needs a little work but they should look incredible once they are finished.
G Plan "Fresco" credenza designed by Ib Kofod Larsen // Sold

Compact teak credenza with fold-down bar cabinet // Sold

 Enormous lighthouse oil painting. Signed "Yeager".  61''L x 49''H.

 Iconic modern globe on a brass stand.  Inspired by the designs of Paul McCobb.

 Mid century lounge chair upholstered in Pendleton wool //  Sold.

 Rare early design side table by Paul McCobb for Winchedon // Sold

 Early 1970s walnut frame sofa.  Refinished and reupholstered.

One of Each

Since our last post we have acquired a diverse bit of inventory.  Typically we focus primarily on seating but recently we have focused on a wider spectrum of furnishings.

We were amazed to find this Brazilian rosewood desk.  This is only the second rosewood desk that we have ever had.  The wood grain is incredible.  Brazilian rosewood was declared endangered in the early 1970s.  It can now only be found on vintage pieces of furniture // Sold.

Most modern sofas have a very low back.  Every once in a while we find a nice sofa with a higher back that still retains a modern aesthetic.  We upholstered this one in a very soft fabric, making this sofa even more comfortable // Sold

This rocking chair by the Paoli Chair Co is one of our favorite designs.  We have a pair of them in our own living room.  We upholstered this one to match the 108'' long sofa that we finished last week. 
// Sold

This stool was one of the earlier designs from the modern design era.  It was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933.  We are not sure of the exact date that this one was produced but it appears to be pretty old.
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We don't seem to find many dressers, so we were glad to find this one.  It was made by Baumritter and is 100% solid maple (even the drawer boxes).

Sofas Galore

This week week we turned out some top notch projects. Here are our most recent new offerings.


We were very excited to find this matching set of leather and jacaranda sofas.  They are a rare Brazilian set by Percival Lafer.

Loveseat // Sold


Our biggest project this week was upholstering this 108'' long sofa.  I have been trying out some new refinishing techniques.  I used them on the walnut armrests and they turned out beautifully // Sold


We also refurbished this Norwegian lounge chair by Westnofa.  We dyed the worn leather and added fresh foam to the cushions // Sold

We also reupholstered and refinished this pair of Danish teak bar stools by Erik Buch.  The 3 panel Asian art piece was something I found on a recent picking trip,

Lastly I found this neat brass brutalist pendant lamp.  It looks a bit like a viking helmet.

Going Big

We recently finished two big projects and a few smaller projects.  We also have several amazing new pieces coming soon.

 Huge 4 piece sectional sofa by Kroehler.  This is the largest sectional sofa that we have upholstered.  It's a very nice set that can me arranged in multiple configurations // Sold

 Secondly, we refinished the largest dining table that we have ever had.  It has 4 leafs and extends from 63''-138.5''.  It can easily seat up to 14 people // Sold

 We also refinished and reupholstered this set of 6 dining chairs that we found with the large dining table // Sold

 Danish teak tambour door credenza.  When I found this credenza it had a plinth base that I removed.  I then added teak tapered legs to give it a more modern look // Sold.

Lastly, we upholstered this maple frame lounge chair in Pendleton wool // Sold.

Sofa, Desk, & Chairs

In the last couple days we finished a couple projects.  We also started refinishing and upholstering a nice set of Danish dining chairs.

We have wanted to upholster a gondola sofa in this teal fabric for quite sofa time.  The fabric contrasts wonderfully with the walnut accents // Sold

Floating top desk and chair by Vista of California.  This design is as functional as it is beautiful.  The drawers can be reversed so that they can be on either the left or right.  It is rare to find the original chair together with the desk.


Lastly, we have begun refinishing and upholstering this set of 6 Danish dining chairs.  It will be a pleasure to give them a new life // Sold

Black & Tan

Last week we acquired more pieces of furniture than any other week in quite some time.  Many of the pieces need a bit of work before we sell them.  Here are a few of the pieces that have gone up for sale in the last few days.

We were fortunate to find this complete Lane dining room suite; dining table & four chairs, bar cart, and sideboard.  This set was a nice match to the Stow Davis executive set in this space.


Lane dining set: Table & 4 chairs

Lane bar cart // Sold

Lane sideboard // Sold

Pair of newly reupholstered mid century slipper chairs // Sold