Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 20:21:05 PM. Barrel Chair. By Romaine Delage.
After many years in the antiques trade, I learned how to do my own reupholstery reasonably well, but sadly when it came to barrel chairs, I would usually pass on them when I saw them for sale, and I would always refuse to recover them for clients - they are just too difficult even for a reasonably experienced upholsterer. Straight back and sides I could manage, but many of the older chairs had tufted or ribbed backs, which involves an incredible amount of work, and if the fabric is patterned, they can look like a dog's dinner when you've finished.
The Caned Barrel Chair takes traditional McGuire materials and updates them with the contemporary lines of hand-bent rattan. While it was designed for comfort - the proportion coupled with the round curve of the back and arms provide a welcoming shape - the rattan and double caning are known for durability.
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