Upholstery is a decoratif art!
The restauration of an armchair, whether it is a second hand find or your grandmother´s favourite armchair, is a joy in itself.
Webbing, springs, the stuffing and the placing of the final fabric, the techniques of Traditional Upholstery have evolved over hundreds of years; will give a new life to your treasured armchairs.
Our workshop offers all sorts of possibilities, either restoring the chair to former glory or giving it a more contemporary look.
Upholstery is the art of chair restauration in an authentic and traditional manner.
Upholstery is all about shape and comfort. The techniques of upholstery make it a highly skilled craft.
Upholstery techniques have changed as shapes evolve. Since Louis XIII, seating has been garnished, before this time, seating consisted of benches, stools and hard wooden seating. The use of leather and tapestry work, on the seat for comfort, appears to be the first step in upholstery. During the reign of Louis XIII upholstery came into its own and webbing with vegetal stuffing and horse hair being used. The introduction of springs around 1840 gave an enormous boost to the creation of new style seating such as the Crapaud, Hooped Back Chair, Nursing chairs and Voltaire (and many others).
Again in 1930´s the development of Latex Foam by Dunlop allowed the furniture designers to create new shapes and forms, the foam could and can be cut and shaped to fit any form of chair and armchair. The use of Foam saw a decline in traditional techniques being used, being more difficult, more time consuming and more expensive.
The decline in the use of the horse in agriculture and deliveries from 1910 onwards made the price of horse hair exorbitant and nowadays we use only a little when reupholstering a chair/armchair using traditional methods.
Redoing a chair is not an easy task that will take the week-end. Come with your own chair and learn traditional upholstery during our collective courses!
About myself, I have a passion for furniture and definitely seating in all its forms and shapes. Many years ago I took a course in traditional upholstery at my local club in France and everything started from there.
Here I am 23 years later teaching and working and loving every minute!
My professional experience comes from 3 years at the Institute des Arts et Metiers in Bruxelles, last year 2013 I followed a ´perfectionnement´ course in the prestigious Ecole Boulle in Paris.
My classes consist of enthusiastic people of every age and background interested in this wonderful art.
It is a privilege to pass on this love of upholstery in convivial surroundings, allowing everyone to work at their own pace, with no pressure, on their own piece of furniture. To discover their own interest in wood, decoration, sewing, and fabrics.
It's with great pleasure, when someone finishes a piece of furniture with great pride in their accomplishment.
These workshops are open to everyone. Time and effort is of no importance when the final tack is placed on your piece of furniture! Bien Assise | Atelier de Garnissage 1410 - Waterloo 15 minutes de Bruxelles info : firstname.lastname@example.org