chair repaired & street sale this saturday
About a year ago I was wandering a Salvation Army store looking for thrifty finds (as I so often do), when I came across this mid-century modern teak chair, beautifully designed with simple lines. Not so beautiful, however, was the slapdash crude repair made to an unfortunate break in one of the legs. Even though the chair bore maker’s marks, I was just going to walk away, thinking a better fix was out of my scope. But for the $5 price tag I figured I could take it home to do a bit of research and investigate if the poor repair could be rectified.
I discovered the chair was designed by Inger Klingenberg Denmark in 1960 for France & Son. Originally the company was called France and Daverkosen, after Mr. France moved from the UK to Denmark and met his business partner, cabinet maker Mr. Daverkosen. The company became France & Son when Julian France joined his father in the business. The company was later sold to Poul Cadovious in 1964 and continued under the name CADO.
I also discovered the original yet worn fabric underneath the bright orange covering. And once uncovered, that’s how this sweet little chair sat in my home awaiting some decision or craftiness on my part to restore, or resort to re-donating it to a thrift store.
And then my fellow thrifting friend, Annie, who also has a keen talent at restoring found treasures into a once again beautiful state offered her skills. After her husband Rob handily yet carefully wielded a Dremel tool to remove the wooden ‘patches’ and make right the repair, Annie artfully wielded a paint brush in applying a faux finish over the repair that seamlessly matches the teak wood.
Now I hope it doesn’t take me another year to reupholster the seat with fabric that matches my mid-century modern dining chairs.
If you’re looking to do a little thrifting yourself this weekend before the season’s done, Annie and Rob and their neighbours are holding a street sale tomorrow, which is sure to have some fabulous finds.
Humbercrest Point Street Sale
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013 (rain date – Sunday the 29th)
Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm
A small street with five houses, the residents of Humbercrest Point are lining the road with tables, with something for everyone….. books, toys, athletic/sports equipment, lots of vintage Pyrex, many mid-century kitchen and home items, Blue Mountain Pottery, 50/60s salt and pepper pots, unopened model plane kits, furniture, and more.
MAP – At the crossroads of Humbercrest Blvd and St. Marks Road, Toronto (nearest intersection is Jane St and Dundas St W)