Venerable British textile house, Liberty of London has recruited designer Ross Urwin of Squint to create a line of bespoke Victorian chaise lounges and egg chairs using vintage and reissued Liberty fabrics. Urwin rescues delicately-scaled, well-made piece of furniture from the Victorian and mid-century eras and skillfully reupholsters them with scraps of Liberty's cheerful prints. The end result is bright, happy, and totally original.
Pics from Liberty of LondonA chair (or chaise) like this is as warm an invitation to have a seat as any we can imagine. We see one of these anchoring a room that is otherwise swathed in more neutral colors, a riotous magnet for the eye with its own story: not only about the pedigree of the fabrics and the vintage furniture they cover, but of the handwork they went into re-inventing the whole package. Liberty's line of one-of-a-kind pieces are available only in London and are no doubt pricey. But these pieces seem so perfect for our Victorian and mod-era interiors that we wouldn't hesitate to copy the idea. Try eBay for vintage upholstery fabrics and furniture (if you don't have a scruffy piece sitting in your living room already), and Cole Hardware's home referral service for a local artisan upholsterer.
Pics from Liberty of London