Upholstered in a fresh material, the most old-fashioned chairs can feel totally current. Try covering a new one—or transforming a hand-me-down or vintage find.
patently chic The color is sedate; the effect is anything but: Luscious chocolate-brown vinyl gives a Louis XVI-esque fauteuil instant glamour. Fabric: Cowtan & Tout “Roxy” in Ebony contact Decorative Center Services for stores
botanical comfort An organic update of a leafy print is a lovely alternative to a Georgian wing chair’s usual worn-leather treatment. Fabric: Hand-block-printed linen “Smokebush” in Chocolate contact galbraithandpaul.com for information
photography by DISCHINGER FRANCOIS
ladylike tweed The petite contours of this Victorian-inspired slipper chair are bolstered by a traditional (and unexpectedly soft) textured silk tweed. Fabric: silk “Adoni” in Lavender/Gray from Decorative Center Services