Vintage Parker Knoll Chair

February 3, 2013 6:14 pm

Vintage Parker Knoll chair

This is the story of a 1950s’ Parker Knoll chair and its transformation from old and unloved to something rather lovely. I bought it from an Antiques Fair and set about stripping it back to its frame. Unfortunately all but the front springs were in poor condition and had to be removed so this is what I was left with.

                         I also uncovered a label with the date of manufacture: 3.12.56.


The first stage was to replace the springs with traditional webbing, across the seat and back of the chair. This was then covered in hessian. A series of ties were then made across the back of the chair and this was stuffed with coir and a layer of cotton flocking to give the back its padding.


The back of the seat was then covered in calico (front and back) and a layer of polyester wadding was added. The chair is now ready for the top fabric.

Once the top fabric was secured to the base and back of the chair, the piping was made and tacked to the back edge. The fabric for the rear of the back was then hand sewn onto this.


A new box piped cushion was then made by Jo Slater of RedHead Interiors (Jo is so much better with a sewing machine than I am), the woodwork cleaned and polished and the chair is looking rather lovely and ready for a new home.

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