Last night while riding through a neighborhood alley, we saw an old, beat up French-style sofa that was just screaming for some new life, a labor of love. Since we already had Chair Couture on the brain for posting today, we kept thinking that this would be a great project. (We also had to keep reminding ourselves that we didn't really need another sofa.) Then we re-visited AT: LA's October, 2005 post about Chair Couture, and were happy to see the same sentiment: design inspiration.
Using modern, bold fabrics and colors, Chair Couture's Margaret Elman "re-dresses" vintage French and Italian pieces, "making every bergere, fauteuil, settee, and boudoir bench a striking one-of-a-kind art piece." Alec in LA nailed it on the head when he said the whimsical, vivid look might quickly feel "last season," a warning to watch those bucks you might wind up spending. That said, though, Elman has created a beautiful collection with an expert touch. Her pieces combined with those re-created, re-painted antiques from Chicago's White Attic would make some stunning sets!