Furniture project: reupholstered Ercol armchair

Restoring Ercol’s midcentury ‘Easy Chair – No 248’

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Original Tibor Riech fabric

When I found this vintage Ercol armchair with its original fabric, it had its original Utility Scheme CC41 label still intact, which makes this chair an original early mid century model. 

We think the original fabric was from textile designer Tibor Riech’s ‘Deep Textured’ fabric range, which he designed for The Festival of Britain and was used in the Southbank’s festival pavilions, as it was around this time that major furniture manufacturers like Ercol had started to use Tibor fabrics to upholster their items.

When I found the Ercol chair, sadly the fabric had perished and was too far gone to salvage. We started thinking about a modern upholstery fabric that would suit a Ercol reupholstery project.

Reupholstered Ercol chair

The chair’s beech frame was filthy so was scrubbed and washed down before sanding and oiling. I chose a fresh, modern mid century style screen-printed design on natural linen by Thorody, one of our favourite fabric designers, to reupholster this classic vintage chair and give it a new lease of life.

Get in touch to discuss your own reupholstery project

If you have a vintage chair that needs reupholstering and you’d like some fabric advice, I’d love to have a chat with you about your project. Please email hello@homewardstudio.co.uk or have a look at our ‘upholstery and design’ page.