Project Time!

Lately we have been finding some great project pieces!  It has been a few months since we have been able to do much upholstery.  We are finally starting to settle into a routine since the birth of our second daughter.  Here are 4 projects that we currently have on hand.

This sofa reminds me quite a bit of the one pictured below.  One major difference is that this sofa has an oak frame and the sofa below has a walnut frame.  The oak sofa will have a medium brown finish once restored.  I think that we may upholster it in the same Pendleton wool pattern as it was very popular on the other sofa.

This Dux style lounge chair is a model that we have had several times over the years.  They tend to sell quickly for us.  It has already raised some interest on Instagram

This Danish teak frame sofa is in severe need of upholstery.  Finding a chair in this condition makes for a great "before & after" shot.  I think we will most likey make a matching ottoman for it as well.

Lastly, we were excited to find this Ib Kofod Larsen hoop chair.  It is the first one that we have ever had!

In the time since our last post we have refinished and sold several pieces.  Here they are:

Teak drop leaf dining table.

Lane Acclaim guitar pick side table.

Arthur Umanoff side table trio.  I assembled this set over a period of 7 years and it sold in just a few hours!

This Danish teak secretary hutch was quite a lot of work to refinish but it sold very quickly as well.

Lastly, we also sol this Danish teak two tier coffee table

Here are a few of the pieces that we found since our last post that are still currently for sale.

Franko Albini style rattan loveseat with outdoor fabric cushions.

Lowboy "Legacy" dresser by Merton L. Gershun for American of Martinsville.

Drexel "Woodbriar" lighted hutch and matching console table.

Lane Acclaim surfboard coffee table.

Sweet Summer

Summer is always the most exciting time of the year to go hunting for furniture.  The weather is nice and there are more estate sales and garage sales than any other time of the year.  The season started off strong for us as I filled the van on just one outing.  Here is some of what I got.

I found each of these pieces within a couple miles of each other.  The pair of chairs and the Adrian Pearsall coffee table sold the very next day!

The one piece that is still available is this etched copper side table by Seattle designer Harry Lunstead.  It's always fun to find pieces by Pacific Northwest designers.

Speaking of Seattle, I also found this complete set of Seattle World's Fair glasses in excellent condition.  

I also found a set of 4 Thonet modern stacking chairs.  Thonet is one of the world's oldest existing furniture makers having been founded in the early 1800s.

These chairs had some light wear but are now being refinished and should be available soon // Sold

Folding chairs are always popular in the summer.  This set is especially well constructed and is upholstered with an eye-catching vintage fabric. 

Lastly, I refinished a couple coffee tables that I found on my previous buying trip.
Danish teak two tier coffee table // Sold

Solid walnut coffee table "Prelude" coffee table by Ace-Hi

Lesson Learned

Over the past 7 years we have upholstered and refinished hundreds of pieces of furniture but we had never attempted to replace a Danish paper cord seat.  I had heard from a few other dealers that it is difficult and time consuming.  A few weeks ago I bought a really nice Danish oak & teak dining table by Arne Hovmand Olsen and it came with a set of 6 chairs that needed new corded seats. I took this opportunity to try to learn the skill for myself.  

Here is a picture of the first chair that I completed.  I was satisfied with the result but it took me much longer to complete than I had hoped.    

 Another thing I learned while weaving the first chair is the importance of protecting my fingers.  They were very raw after the first chair.  Wrapping my fingers with medical tape provided good protection while still allowing my fingers to fit into tight spaces.

After a full week of work I finished all 6 chairs.  Due to the attention to detail that is required I never managed to finish any of the chairs in under 6 hours.  My conclusion is that weaving these chairs myself is cost prohibitive unless they are very valuable chairs by Hans Wegner or Niels Moller.

Here the chairs are pictured with the Arne Hovmand Olsen table I purchased them with.

I went on a long buying trip this week and found a whole van load of furniture.  Fortunately this set of four Nils Jonsson dining chairs just needed a light cleaning.  They are a perfect match for our Ib Kofod Larsen dining table!

Another great find was this set of Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell // Sold

Lastly, I found and refinished a pair of Lane Acclaim nightstands!

Spring Time Finds

The two weeks since our last post have been a whirlwind of activity.  In addition to caring for our new baby daughter, Lucy Rose, we found some incredible furniture.  Pricing on the pieces that are still available can be found on our For Sale page.

Rare Kroehler walnut bedroom set with Braszilian rosewood pulls and inlay.

Set of 6 newly upholstered "Eva" dining chairs by Niels Koefoed and a refinished Danish teak draw leaf dining table.

Rare teak butterfly leaf dining table by renowned designer Ib Kofod Larsen.

Danish teak nightstand by Svend Madsen.  It had a deep water ring from a planter that could not be fully removed by the refinishing process.  Despite the stain it sold quickly.

 Drexel "Passage" campaign style rolling bar cart with some fun decorative items // Sold

 Wine rack collection.  Three of the four wine racks were designed by Arthur Umanoff.

A New Addition

Hello, this is our first post since February.  We have been distracted from our usual routine due to the birth of our second daughter, Lucy Rose!  Here she is, just a few days old, pictured with her big sister Ellie.

Although the pregnancy and birth did slow us down a little we were still able to hunt down and find some great pieces.  Here are a few highlights from the past few months.

I am always very drawn to the bold and imaginative design of Norwegian furniture.  I found these two Westnofa lounge chairs and ottomans 300 miles apart.  Each one has the original leather cushions and they are in excellent condition // Sold

We are always on the hunt for Broyhill Brasilia furniture.  This dining set need a lot of work but it was all worth it in the end as it sold very quickly

Here is a picture of the dining table before refinishing.

This Drexel Declaration hutch was another fun project.  It needed refinishing, new pulls, new glass doors and new shelves.  Here is the final result of all of that work.  It sold quickly as well.

Curtis Jere sculptures are a nice way to decorate your walls in a mid century home.  This enormous sculpture is 60" wide and 48"tall!

Lastly we refinished and reupholstered yet another teak dining set.  It also has been sold.

 Thanks to everyone who bought these pieces!  It is a joy to be able to work for ourselves while being present in the lives of our growing children.

Frozen February

The month of February in Portland has been cold, wet, and frozen but that hasn't slowed us down.  We have acquired and finish several great projects.  Here are a few of our favorites from the past couple weeks.  

We are always on the hunt for Paoli lounge chairs.  They have a great design and are very comfortable.  One of them is a rocking chair and the other is a lounge chair.  We reupholstered them in a nice soft gray Pendleton wool // Sold

Secondly, we found our first rosewood dining table.  It was designed by Henning Kjaernulf for Vejle Mobelfabrik.  The refinishing went very well and the woodgrain looks amazing!

Recently our biggest seller has been dining sets.  Here is the set that we most recently refinished and reupholstered // Sold

Another fantastic find was this Danish teak credenza and hutch.  It did not need any refinishing but we cut the plinth base off and added hairpin legs to give it an even more modern look.  It sold within just a couple hours of being for sale!

 Lastly, We found a lounge chair that had a hilariously bad upholstery job.  We removed that upholstery to find the original upholstery beneath it.  The original upholstery had a neat retro look but it was very worn.  We replaced it with a nice modern orange fabric // Sold