One of the more stunning restoration transformations that Wallrocks achieves is with antique armchairs for the simple reason that they involve magnificent fabrics which can transform the pieces to suit a myriad of different styles of interior. This is where our interior decorating knowledge becomes invaluable and we are happy to step you through the process from start to finish.
Selecting a fabric and edge detail that will transform the piece back to its original glory is such an adventure and a wonderful way for our clients to put their own mark on a piece of furniture that has wonderful history. It also dictates the comfort of the piece in various genres of interior.
As a qualified interior decorator, Jessica has helped guide many clients through their fabric choices taking into account colour schemes and personal preferences. With many beautiful fabrics available for viewing in our showroom, we help make this process as seamless as possible. Once a selection has been made, Wallrocks organise upholstery and covering and detail the frame after this is completed.
As a little known fact and point of interest, prior to 1600AD, servants and staff in society households were not permitted to sit on chairs, which were seen as emblems of authority, and could only sit on benches of stools. During the European Renaissance period, chairs lost their privileged status and became standard pieces of furniture in the average home.
Wallrocks offers a variety of seating from the classic antique bergerè armchair (closed arms) to fauteuil armchairs (open arm), side chairs, dining chairs, and the occasional desk chair. The gallery below shows some excellent examples of our recent restorations.
Fresh from the workroom, cleaned and restored, this pair of antique side chairs now sport stunning new burgundy leather top covers and a single stud finish to get them through the next century!!
Whilst hand restoring, we were able to retain the original stitched edge for the upholsterer, maintaining the chairs authentic filling and look. We couldn't have been happier with the result.
A beautiful set of dining chairs with a pair of carvers, originally 'camel back' but re-shaped during restoration.
Cleaned, polished and a beautiful new fabric with single stud finish
Cleaned, polished and newly upholstered, these comfortable large armchairs are ready and waiting for a fabulous new fabric.
Beautifully restored elegant pair of armchairs all ready for a new fabric cover.
The two carver chairs from a set of 12 English mahogany dining chairs just out of our workroom, newly cleaned and polished. The lovely scrolling carved details can now be properly admired and with a new top cover they will complete a beautiful dining table setting.
This beautifully carved and decorated pair of antique fauteuil armchairs fresh out of restoration and re-covered in stylish Jim Thompson and Pierre Frey co-ordinating fabrics - simply stunning
A light clean and a fresh sophisticated fabric has completely modernised this beautiful pair of 19th century gilded armchairs
A clean and polish along with some modern upholstery has given these elegant armchairs the chance of a new life.
Already in good condition this Second Empire desk chair has brightened up beautifully with a clean and polish. Just in need of a new leather seat to complete the picture.
A beautiful weaved geometric was selected for the outside panels of this chair and a stunning jacquard for the inside. The gilded frame was cleaned and the result was quite startling.
We knew how special these chairs were when we brought them, however they'd been over-painted with green/gold paint and it was going to take a client with a fair amount of imagination or knowledge to understand what they were before they were restored. That client did walk in one day, and sure enough, as we were stripping off the original fabric, written on the calico cover was...
Restoring these chairs was painstaking work, as underneath all the dirt lay the original 23ct gold leaf, and removing the dirt without removing the gilt is no small ask. We acheived it though and to fabulous effect.
Famous 19th century English furniture designer and cabinetmaker.
A very gentle clean resulted in wonderful original gold leaf.
A beautiful classic fabric has given these chairs a new lease on life.