Midcentury DIY: Steelcase Chairs Get a New Lease on Life

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I know that some of you, dear readers, have soured a bit on this particular style, but in my heart there is still a soft spot for all things midcecntury modern. That said, even I never know quite what to do with 'modern' pieces from the late seventies and early eighties. They always seems so awkward and self-aware and vinyl-y. That's why I've got to give this Steelcase chair rehabilitation mad props. Graphic designer Jessica Jones took these old, dated desk chairs and made them beautiful and current.

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Jessica spotted these chairs at Jubilee Furniture, a resale shop in the Chicago suburbs. Taking them apart and re-upholstering turned into a bit of a family project, with everyone helping out. Jessica claims not to know anything about reupholstery - they just took the old fabric from the chairs, she says, and used it as a template for the new cover. For someone who claims to be a novice, I think you'll agree that the results are really fantastic. (Even better: it's an Ikea fabric!)

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Check out the full post over at How About Orange.

Images: Jessica Jones