Occasional and Unusual chairs

Some chairs just defy classification and at Needle Rock we’ve seen many examples of the unusual. In the late 1950’s, Jacobsen designed the egg-chair, and although the originals are highly sought after, there’s plenty of egg-style lookalikes for more affordable budgets. Will you be lucky enough to pick up a Jacobsen-style chair to inject modernist cool into your living room and channel vibes with a retro swivel egg armchair? At Needle Rock, we’ve been lucky enough to acquire two of these, so if this is for you, give us a shout!

Another chair manufacturer from mid 20th Century that’s come right back on trend is Ercol. With trademark spindles, and often with fastening seat pads, they are iconic. Recently, Ali refurbished a light elm chair with an antique Welsh carthen (blanket), and the result was stunning.

There are too many chair styles to mention them all, but the ‘kissing chair’ is of one Ali’s long-time favourites. In this form, two matching chairs can either stand alone, or be fitted together into various forms. What an inventive design, and we are yet to find another one like it!

Through The Workshop Door - July 2019

July has come and gone, and my feet have hardly touched the ground! The month started with a well-deserved holiday on Dartmoor and Devon, and for the rest of the month I’ve been playing catch up!

Highlights this month has been the reunion of the Leather Club chair with its delighted owners. As mentioned previously, the chair has a twin so its sibling has already been stripped down and is eagerly awaiting its rebuild in the Needle Rock workshop. The fabric has also been chosen for the seat cushions, so hopefully in next month’s blog you’ll see the twins together with matching seats!

July has also seen the commission of several furniture painting jobs – these seem to come along like buses – none for ages then several at the same time. The first commission was to give a new lease of life to some bedroom pine cupboards, which were solid, but looked rather dated. My customer had just had the bedrooms decorated and had a colour scheme which she’d acquired from a printed canvas – so I took the printed canvas away and matched the colour scheme accordingly. The results were superb.


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"Dear Ali, Just a word to say thank you so much. The Furniture Cave delivered the chairs last night and they look fantastic! I felt quite emotional, to be honest, because they are my grandmother's chairs – she would be delighted too! With thanks from a very satisfied customer."
Catherine Charnell-White

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