Tag Archives: Upholstery

Fashion and furniture partnership upcycles sweats into sofas, biker jackets into chairs – LA Times

The design collaboration between local furniture maker Stephen Kenn and the menswear label Longjourney includes armchairs made from repurposed leather motorcycle jackets and a sofa upcycled from vintage sweatshirts. (Stephen Kenn X Longjourney)

From afar, the pieces appear to be stylish and modern versions of standard-issue living room furniture. But, upon closer examination, the upholstery covering the chairs is recognizable as patchworked panels from vintage black leather motorcycle jackets. And, while you’d have absolutely no way of knowing it, the eight cushions covering the polished black nickel sofa frame began life as an armload of sweatshirts and tent canvas before being washed, dyed, combed and waxed into a second career, and that some of the frame’s supporting straps are repurposed straps from military parachutes.

Source: Fashion and furniture partnership upcycles sweats into sofas, biker jackets into chairs – LA Times

One Year Ago: A Motorcycle Jacket Made From Reclaimed Cadillac Upholstery; Parts – Laughing Squid

Posted one year ago.

A Motorcycle Jacket Made Out of Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

At the recent IDEO-hosted craft festival, Wunderfaire, I met Dustin Page, the founder of Platinum Dirt, an Oakland-based company that makes fashion accessories and jackets out of reclaimed leather automobile upholstery. At Wunderfaire, he had on display one of his VIN Jackets, a motorcycle-style jacket made out of (in this case, Cadillac) upholstery and parts. It not only used the leather from old Cadillac seats, it also incorporated its hood ornament (as a zipper pull), its embroidered wreath (as a sort of perfectly-placed crest), its metal logo and its metal VIN tag (as an adornment). The VIN Jacket is a special order and can be made with leather from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln, BMW, or Volvo vehicles. All of the Platinum Dirt products are available to order online.

A Motorcycle Jacket Made Out of Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

via Laughing Squid.

Upholstery Inspiration: Crewel Chair | Design*Sponge

Do not miss this inspiration and wonderful upholstery story on Design*Sponge.

If you meet me here every month, or have upholstered furniture before, you know that even the smallest project can turn into a labor of love, requiring hours of time and producing blisters and callouses. So what is it about upholstery that drives us to spend our wee hours of free time stripping, hammering and stapling away on a piece we pulled out of a dumpster? For me, history, textiles and restyling often pave the way for a spectacular transformation, turning a piece of trash into a useable, personal and handmade artifact.

via Upholstery Inspiration: Crewel Chair | Design*Sponge.