CUSTOM3 at Unison
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
By John Dugan
Photos by Debbie Carlos
We're already big fans of Unison's textile products here at Design Bureau—I doze off nightly on the couch under a printed organic cotton blanket I picked up at a Unison warehouse sale a few years ago. This month, Unison hosted an event to show us a different side of its fabrics: Reupholstery.
At this month's Custom Cubed event, we saw the result of a collaboration. Three local companies Unison, Eli Wyn Upholstery and Furniture Revival teamed up to restore vintage furniture by Jens Risom, Knoll and various unknown '70s designers, using Unison fabrics. It turns out that Unison fabrics, hand-printed on the East Coast on sailcloth or slub duck, are ideal for upholstery—they hold up to commercial coatings like flame and stain retardant, for one thing. At the event, furniture lovers talked custom upholstery and restoration projects with the experts while perusing and buying one-of-a-kind cubed ottomans made with Unison fabrics. The line of unique restored furniture pieces was also up for sale.
Photographer Debbie Carlos documented the project behind-the-scenes—see the chairs go from ripped vinyl to new cloth in the photos at left.
The Jens Risom Chairs (first photo), $1200 each
Knoll Club Chairs, $750 each
17x17x17 Ottomans made with Unison Fabrics, $275 each
Sofa reupholstered in Unison Stitch Black fabric, $2000
Chaise Lounge in Lush Olive, $1400