Molly Worth of Chairloom: Reuse and Reinvent

Molly Worth of Chairloom: Reuse and Reinvent

Cambria Bold
Oct 5, 2009

We've said it before: reupholstering furniture is a very green practice. Molly Worth of Chairloom is a 3rd-generation reupholsterer based out of Philadelphia. We first met her at the Brooklyn Flea last year, but only recently commissioned her to reupholster the antique fan back chair you see above. We were totally blown away by the results, and had to share her talent with you all...

When did you start Chairloom?
In May 2007, but doing The Brooklyn Flea in April 2008 was more like the "real" start.

Why reupholstering?
The concept was the draw, the idea of recreating something, seeing the potential in something, getting a vision for its potential and then following that through.

How long have you been upholstering? How did you learn?
I work with a family run business of upholsterers who have been doing reupholstery for three generations.

Where do you find your chairs?
On the sidewalk, Craigslist, thrift shops, used furniture shops.. All local!

What services does Chairloom offer?
We sell a number of finished pieces that people can view in our online catalogue, or we can recreate a piece that's already owned or bought from our catalogue of unfinished pieces. We also offer fabric consultations and some design services.

What advice can you give people about reusing or reupholstering?
Look for furniture with a good, strong frame and "lines" that are appealing to you. All the inner materials can be replaced and fabric choice allows for personal style to come through. Furniture, like people, deserve second chances!

What are you favorite fabric sources?
Hable Construction, studio bon, Rubie Green, Oliveira Textiles, John Robshaw and Virginia Johnson.

How can people contact you?
Call 914.484.5498 or email

Thanks, Molly! And we LOVE our chair!

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