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Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’
The Eames’ would be proud of Struggle Inc.‘s Cody Hudson, as his C&R Hood Slab incorporates their iconic H-base, only displacing the fiberglass shell with dumpster-found wood scraps.
Bridgette Nyman of Harrington College of Design and Leslie Jones & Associates offered an interesting conversation piece, literally, titled Conversation Over Coffee. Inspired by Ingo Maurer’s “Porca Miseria,” Bridgette’s shattered coffee-house dishes and plain white chair sculptchair explores the modern day coffee shop “as community spaces – a networking hub where people come to share ideas.”
Imelda by Suzanne Cahill of Maison Suzanne Gallery took a simple easy chair and embellished it with an antique shawl that was hand-loomed from wool from sheep raised by the Rabari tribes. The wool was tie-dyed and embroidered with mirrors to pay tribute to the exotic people who live in the barren desert of West India.
Greg Jagmin redesigned this vintage wooden chair titled The Barbara by giving it a fresh coat of paint, reupholstering the seat with Karsa Flame stitch fabric from Lee Jofa, and adding an accent pillow with Picasso Velvet in Flamingo fabric from Fishman’s Fabrics for that extra touch of élan.
HGTV host and celebrity lifestyle guru Frank Fontana took a plain, country-style dining chair and with scrap materials from past makeover projects, faux animal skins, and a little shimmer, transformed the simple into simply cool and named it Reclaimed Exotic: From Country to Couture.
Caroline Scheeler, creative director of Jayson Home, conceived Apotheosis of Ephemera with the traditional (antique oak chair) and modern (photo-printed fabric from Belgium) converging into one stunningly beautiful submission.
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