Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.

Welcome to the grand finale of my latest restoration!  I spent Friday trekking to my friend's to retrieve my diamond chair, now all welded and super shiney in it's gloss black powder coat finish.  I started the trip by swinging by WXPN's free at noon because it is totally free and a great place to hang out when in Philly on a Friday!  I almost talked myself out of stopping for foam thinking I could fill with cotton I already had. As I was waiting to get on my ramp to cross town I realized that was a dumb move as the supplier I go to in Philly is a wholesaler and if I get home and decide my cotton idea sucks, my only choice is Joann's and that place is overpriced with a not always stellar selection.  So I got off 676 at 8th and headed to Katz's Upholstery.  I decided on 1/2" foam and got 2 yards.  I took my roll and headed to NJ.  My friend was at work so I collected my chair, left him a Vanagon part I picked up for him the night before at our local supplier, used the restroom and headed to an estate sale he tipped me off about.  Due to my slow recent sales and our strike situation, I was not in the market for much but I did snag 2 pair of vintage Sears binoculars and a cool melmac ash tray.  

I left town with a kick ass cherry pie and headed back to PA, just in time to take my kids to a dance at their school.  Of course I was thinking about my chair while my kids were dancing to 'shake it off' but the work would have to wait!  

Saturday I got to work on the cover.  Over the last week I opened the seam maybe 12" or so, then dumped out the powdered foam, scraped as best as I could at what was stuck to the fabric inside and washed in the tub by swishing in cold water with a mild detergent and rinsing a few times.  I did test the fabric and it is indeed wool.  I hung over the side of the tub to dry so as not to stretch the fibers.  

Washing the cover.  Yuck, eh? 

Washing the cover.  Yuck, eh? 

My first step was to cut the foam.  Remember, I am using in a 3-D contoured situation, so I realized I would need to compensate.  I started by cutting the left side to match the side of the chair.  Using a bag of flour to weight the seat down, I followed with the right side. There is excess foam now that needed to be removed so I decided I would cut a V out and the center top and bottom, then spray adhesive to close it up.  

Removing the foam excess to contour the seat. 

Removing the foam excess to contour the seat. 

My spray adhesive idea worked well once the glue started getting tacky.  I placed the foam inside and evaluated.  I thought a little cotton would help fluff it out a little so cut a piece the width of the chair and put on top of the foam.  The kids tested and said yes, the chair was comfy and they loved it!   

Kid tested. 

Kid tested. 

So this morning I got to work sewing it all back up and then took my pics.  I did decide to list the chair because I have a lead on another I could repeat this on and would like to save it if I find a home for this one.  So here are some pics, see listing on etsy for more details if you are interested and please send friends! If you know anyone looking for furniture and appreciates my era, please send them to my shops!  I would greatly appreciate the referrals! ✌🏼️  Thanks a bunch and thanks for all your support!  I had a great April in the mall!  Xo Malissa https://www.etsy.com/listing/279478194/knoll-harry-bertoia-large-diamond-lounge

 

Naked.  Look at her shine! 

Naked.  Look at her shine! 

In her threads. 

In her threads. 

Besides the foam deterioration, the cover is in great condition!  Charcoal wool with some orange ombré into white threads through like stripes.

Besides the foam deterioration, the cover is in great condition!  Charcoal wool with some orange ombré into white threads through like stripes.

The shock mounts were cleaned and conditioned.  They would be expensive to replace but luckily, these are still in great condition.   

The shock mounts were cleaned and conditioned.  They would be expensive to replace but luckily, these are still in great condition.   

Original label dates this to the 50's.  I suspect this is an early production chair.  So happy I could help it get ready for it's next 70 years! 🎉 

Original label dates this to the 50's.  I suspect this is an early production chair.  So happy I could help it get ready for it's next 70 years! 🎉 

Birthday week!

Another year older for me this week!  My week has started off great with my first sale on Chairish.com last week and my second sale this week! 🎉🎁✌️. That said, I am meeting my buyer in Elizabeth, NJ midday This Friday, so if anyone in the area would like to meet up for something delivered, please reach out!  Also anywhere on I78 through NJ and ABE.  It's a birthday road trip for me!  I will find something exciting to do on the way home for sure.  

BARWARE!

I will be picking up some fabulous barware soon from a collector downsizing.  I mean nice sets of 40's era Hazel Atlas.  These are high end collector pieces.  If any of you are interested in barware, please shoot me an email and I can let you know first what I have available after I collect and go through it. I promised I would find good homes for this collection and I may keep a set for myself, because, well PINK ELEPHANTS!  😍😍😍. 

 

NEW CHAIR! 

I just added a GREAT chair to the etsy shop today.  It is US made by Norwalk Upholstery Co and dated 1974.  Norwalk is still in business making custom upholstered pieces and weathered many ups and downs but are going strong.  Always good to support these companies manufacturing in our country!  This chair is styled like a Danish lounge chair, made of heavy hardwood (maple or birch, my guess), stained a medium pecan with gloss finish.  A little chunkier than their Danish cousins, I am liking the gracefully sculpted arms.  So many companies made chairs of this style and unless marked, it is sometimes impossible to figure out it's origins.  This one is tagged.  Upholstery is really in excellent condition! No tears or stains!  Structurally, the seat could take some web tightening but at this point it is not bad off and I do not want to disturb.  I did have some webbing and foam done on my England chair and it was very inexpensive at a local upholsterer. (That cutie is still available as well!)Have a look!  It is a lovely khaki green with orange tweed.  I took the pics in the rising sun so a tad warmer than reality but you get the idea. 

Inside light last evening. 

Inside light last evening. 

The Heywake chairs are still in my booth and will be for at least another week unless they sell online.  Please stop by if you are in the area and see them!  I would love your feedback! Have a great week! 

Xo Malissa

Gallery Showing at Fleetwood Antique Mall

You are cordially invited to view my latest restorations now on display at my booth in Fleetwood Antique Mall. Stop by and see the Heywood Wakefield chairs in all their fabulousness!  My space has been reworked to accommodate these beauties and I will announce when I rework it again but I plan to keep them out there for at least a month. I have also left fabric swatches so please take one along if you need to check your space.  Please check with Karen at the mall for her hold policy if  you need to decide after you leave.  I think she told me they take deposits.   These beauties are offered at my ROCK BOTTOM price if you purchase at the mall and take home with you.  In order to encourage keeping the blue chairs together, I will offer discounted pair pricing but will also allow purchase of a single AT THIS LOCATION ONLY.  Please note that each chair required about $100 in materials and a week worth of labor to restore.  MIX AND MATCH PAIR PRICING!  Want one of each? Go for it!

Because that fabulous wool kilim area rug I have looks SO GREAT with the blue chairs, it is there as well, also offered at a better price than my online shops. AND further discounted if you buy it WITH A CHAIR!

Come on out and have a look!  Spring has sprung and it is a great time for a road trip!  There are many other shops in our area to visit!  

Visit fleetwoodantiquemall.com for Store info.  Hours are 10am-6pm WED-SUN.  Located on route 222 just south of Kutztown.  Please note there are detours on route 662 coming through Fleetwood so you may want to choose Route 73 if coming from the south.

Can't make it out?  No worries! Listings are live for online purchase at 

SHOP MADMODWORLDVINTAGE ON CHAIRISH

https://www.chairish.com/product/237653/heywood-wakefield-m340c-pull-up-chair

https://www.chairish.com/product/223308/heywood-wakefield-pull-up-arm-chair-m569c-a-pair

https://www.chairish.com/product/203725/flat-woven-wool-kilim-rug-6-x-9

SHOP MADMODWORLDVINTAGE ETSY 

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/269498775/heywood-wakefield-m340c-pull-up-chair

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/266270021/restored-heywood-wakefield-pull-up-chair

https://www.etsy.com/listing/261263873/wool-kilim-rug-6-by-9-vibrant 

Photo shoot

The hot little cocktail table also by Heywood Wakefield was just listed in my etsy shop!  If interested in this or any other online inventory, please reach out before you visit and I can get it to the mall for you! 

The hot little cocktail table also by Heywood Wakefield was just listed in my etsy shop!  If interested in this or any other online inventory, please reach out before you visit and I can get it to the mall for you! 

Those stretch glass pieces are my personal collection but guess what?  I have quite a few available at the mall for you to start your own collection!  Priced each $20, $15 if you buy multiples! 

Those stretch glass pieces are my personal collection but guess what?  I have quite a few available at the mall for you to start your own collection!  Priced each $20, $15 if you buy multiples! 

Please let me know what you think when you stop by!  Leave a comment here, the facebook page or tag me on IG @madmodworldvintage

xo Malissa

 

Come see us! 

Come see us! 

Lots of fun accessories too! 

Lots of fun accessories too!