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This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench

“I’m in the Book” by This Way Home. Photo by Elaine Frederick. 

Every year, the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) hosts a charity auction featuring upcycled, creatively reimagined chairs from designers and artists around the world. The event is officially called Take A Seat, but we have affectionately dubbed it “the chair-ity.” 

This year’s entries from the New England IFDA chapter benefit the Women’s Institute of Housing & Economic Development, whose mission is to “promote economic opportunity and build strong communities by developing safe, affordable, and supportive housing for individuals and families.” It’s a worthy cause and a great excuse to get creative.

I found my chair while trolling craigslist (what else!). It’s actually a vintage telephone bench, also known as a gossip bench. Back in the day, you would set your rotary landline on the built-in table and sit on the bench for a leisurely phone chat. You could even store your phonebook on the table’s lower shelf. Pretty handy piece of furniture, huh? 

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover

I wanted to give the bench a modern redesign, while still paying tribute to its original function. I found a custom fabric printed from vintage phonebook pages, and I knew it would be the perfect solution.

I liked the original two-toned upholstery because it helped accentuate the bench’s unusual silhouette. So I decided to follow suit and chose a subtly textured black vinyl for the interior of the bench. And lastly, to tie it all together, I selected a black and off-white gingham for the built-in shelves.

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover Phone Book Fabric Phonebook

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover

The IFDA Take A Seat Gala and Auction will be held on June 1, 6:30-9:30 pm, at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Check out Boston Magazine to read more about the chair-ity and to see the rest of the 2016 entries!

"I'm in the Book" by This Way Home. Photo by Elaine Frederick.  Every year, the International Furnishings and Design Ass...

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The Lorimer Project Part II – Kilim Loveseat

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Bohemian

Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction to the project. As my client and I began to develop a design plan, we soon decided that the apartment’s main room needed a bold statement piece to anchor the seating area. My client loves Turkish kilims, traditional flatweave rugs which have been produced in much the same manner since ancient times. Flatweave rugs are thin enough to be used in lieu of conventional upholstery fabric, so I suggested we use kilim rugs to cover a loveseat. She loved the idea, and we got to work!

My first task was to find the perfect loveseat for the project. I hunted high and low, through vintage and new merchandise alike, in search of the right piece. In the end, I discovered Kim Salmela, a wonderfully imaginative furniture designer out of Los Angeles. Her pieces are hand crafted and highly customizable; and Kim’s own aesthetic is bold and globally inspired, so I knew she would understand our vision for the loveseat. 

Kim Salmela has a sizable selection of sofas– as well as chairs, headboards, benches, and more. My client ultimately chose the Evelyn Loveseat. She loved the loveseat’s modern lines, and the dimensions were just perfect for the space. 

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Kim Salmela Evelyn

The Evelyn Loveseat in Yasmin Sea. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

Once we had selected the Evelyn, we were able to calculate the amount of material needed for upholstery and start the search for the perfect kilims. We ended up selecting two rugs, an eye pattern and a stripe. The rugs share the same color palette, and the bold linear stripe is a good balance to the concentric diamonds of the eye pattern. We knew these kilims would complement each other nicely.

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Rug

We shipped the rugs to Kim Salmela’s workshop in Los Angeles along with a digital rendering to illustrate how we would like to place the rugs. We wanted to use the eye pattern kilim to cover the sofa back and cushion and the striped kilim along the arms and front gusset. 

Kim and her upholsterers had the tricky task of sorting out exactly how to cut the panels. If the rugs had been divided the wrong way, there would not have been enough material to cover the entire loveseat. Kim and her team did a marvelous job realizing our vision and using the rugs to accentuate the Evelyn’s silhouette.

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic

The kilim loveseat during fabrication. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

And here is the final product! We couldn’t be happier with the kilim upholstery. My client loves having a special, one-of-a-kind piece. The loveseat perfectly suits her colorful bohemian style and sets the tone for the entire room.

In the next installment, I’ll show you how we incorporated the loveseat into the overall design scheme. Stay tuned!

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic Decor

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Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction...

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