Sit on the grass; look out at the trees; wake up in the field; float on the water.
These four frolics in nature are woven into the fabric of the vintage French furniture reclaimed by Chair Couture, a delightful contemporary source that seeks to make stuffy, highbrow seating more down to earth.
In salvaging original French antiques for her quirky collection, owner Margaret Elman carefully selects fabrics that fits the mode. She says the recycled polyester or organic cotton used is derived from photographs of nature.
It’s all designed to bring the outdoors inside with splashy textiles in vivid shades that really grow on you.
I remember when a friend first spied the ocean fabric and flipped, telling me it was like nothing she had seen before. She was able to locate the fabric by the yard.
If you purchase one of the reconfigured antiques, such as the Constance chaise covered in a water print (above), the price might hit you like a wave. It’s $15,000. The David bergÃ¨re chair covered in grassy cloth (at top) is $7,000 and the 1930s carved bed in the dandelion print(below) is $13,000.
The price tags might be out of reach, but if you have the means, these pieces emerge as works of art that make a huge statement.