The Italian Job

Custom Upholstered Italian Sofa, All organic on the inside, 8 way hand tied springs, down and feather seats, Italian Leather detailing, Price $3395
This very lovely love seat just arrived in Surroundings last week. It is one of our latest custom upholstery projects, and has some exquisite details. The frame comes from Italy, hand carved in the 1950's. This little sofa was originally purchased at Eaton's Fine Furniture Gallery in Toronto in 1956. These were glory days for Eaton's, and their Fine Furniture Gallery carried the best furniture from around the world.
The year is 2010, Im called to an estate sale, there is the above sofa looking very tattered and worn, but the beauty of the frame still is magnificent. I purchase it just for its bones. The little sofa then makes a trip to the Cowichan Valley to the upholsterers, we talk in great length about fabric, it had to be just right. I bring back linen from belgium, nope, makes the wood look dead, back to the drawing board.
This beautiful fabric called "Quill" was used a few years ago on a Bergere chair, we had enough left over for the love seat. Originally the finished edge near the wood work was done in what we call gimping. For the record nothing dates a vintage piece more than gimping. I wanted it updated but not trendy, always a delicate balance. There was enough Italian leather left over from a previous job to do the trim work, finished off by antiqued bronze french nails by hand.
The gracious curve of the arm, balance, proportion, symmetry. The hand carved frame was stained a rich cherry colour, and has a patina of a much older piece.
More than just a pretty face, you must sit on it!! OMG ( I hate that expression, but it seems appropriate here), this is the most comfortable seat in the house. If you have a chance try it out.