April 29, 2013
Before & After:
Kelly Wearstler Side Chair
THE SUBJECT: A pair of bentwood side chairs. ORIGINAL COST: $50. PATIENT HISTORY: We discovered our subject at a flea market in West Hollywood, huddled with a set of bad '80s bentwood furniture and a tacky round-top table. We're missing the certificate of authenticity, but we're pretty sure these twins started life out on a screened West Palm Beach porch. THE AILMENT: To overcome hideous fabric, deflated seats, and a botched DIY upholstery job. THE SPECIALIST: We asked Kelly Wearstler, the Beverly Hills-based celebrity interior and fashion designer whose name is synonymous with colour-happy modern glamour, to make a house call for our misfit vintage find. THE PRESCRIPTION: Replace the foam cushion and reupholster with Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks' dimensional Mineral Velvet in indigo/slate. "I wanted to play off the organic shape and movement of the winged arms and sloped back," she explains. "It brings a sense of tension and raw refinement for a polished yet unexpected look." Wearstler also added an ebony stain and a simple oiled finish to the to-do list, "to make them richer and sexier." THE RESULT: A twisted, formal, Tony Duquette vibe. Success! THE BILL: $370 for one yard of Wearstler's Lee Joffa fabric + $142 for upholstery + $450 for ebonization + $50 for the chairs = $1,012. And, yes, we know this is a bit pricy if you're not shopping with a 1stdibs budget. For a more cost-efficient alternative, swap out our high-end fabric choice with something more budget-friendly, and skip the fancy ebonization in favour of a coat of black paint.
Photographs: Andrew Arthur (chair), Thomas Whiteside (portrait)
|Groundworks in Mineral Juniper/Lake #GWF-3104.3 Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa, to the trade only||Ebonizing by Darren Franks & Associates|
|Chrysocola Ravynka Fabric, $18 per yard, Spoonflower||Universal Black, $63 per gallon, Benjamin Moore|