What do you get when you cover 1950’s cocktail chairs with Flock Studio textiles? Flocktail chairs, of course. These lovely vintage Danish cocktail chairs have been given a new lease of life as the result of a recent collaboration between contemporary textile designers Flock Studio and vintage furniture restorer Florrie and Bill. And as furniture for small spaces is very much on many people’s wish list these days, these petite, streamlined chairs are perfect for small living rooms, bedrooms, hallways or other small spaces where a traditional armchair just won’t fit.
Flock Studio was co-founded by textile lovers Jenny Wingfield and Johanna Williams with the aim of supporting graduate textile designers. They produce beautiful, contemporary interiors textiles and the designers are given a rare platform for their talent – they keep their name to their work and receive a royalty for every metre sold. On my visits to Liberty London I’ve often admired these striking designs, but sadly haven’t yet managed to find a project to use them, so it’s fantastic to see them used to such effect on these lovely old pieces. The chair above is covered in Rachel Parker’s bright and fresh geometric design ‘Northmore Major’, which has been digitally printed onto 100% linen.
In contrast, above is the dark and dramatic ‘Circuit’ by Cerys Ackland. Inspired by technology, this large scale repeat (see below) is printed in white onto a slate grey ceda velvet, a luxurious fabric which has a beautiful lustre. I love the choice of chartreuse for the contrast piping on this chair – a very sophisticated touch. And how fabulous would this fabric look as full length curtains? The whole repeat looks like a kind of circuitry board damask – stunning.
Amy Cawson is the talent and energy behind Florrie and Bill. Her love of upcycling (plus a husband in the upholstery design industry) led her to start rescuing tatty vintage and retro furniture and transforming it into something much more glamorous and useful again. In addition to Flock Studio, Amy works with other UK contemporary textile designer-makers as well as the large interior fabrics companies. Expert upholsterers, french polishers and spray painters complete the team that help Amy breathe new life back into old furniture.
Above is ‘Northmore Minor’, again by Rachel Parker, piped in blue velvet, and below is ‘Aldgage East’ in Ink, by Lucy Rainbow, with piping in contrast yellow, and this time with a buttoned back too – so cute!
All the chairs have been restored and reupholstered using a mix of traditional and modern methods, and all are very slightly different due to their vintage nature.
Visit Flock Studio to see all the chairs, the full range of fabrics which are available by the metre, plus cushions in various sizes too, and Florrie and Bill for more details of these Flocktail chairs and their other upcycled vintage furniture.