My old cane armchair rocks and it's largely down to its new threads, the super seductive Reader velvet by Blackpop.
Velvet is having such a moment right now with sumptuous velvet sofas enjoying a level of popularity last seen in the seventies. But it's not just the plain velvets introduced into mainstream ranges by brands such as Made.com that are enjoying the limelight. With maximalism high on the style agenda, patterned velvet is also a comeback king - a case in point being Matthew Williamson's furniture collection for Duresta - where heavy prints in touchy feely velvets are the stars of the show. See my previous post for deets.
I got my cane armchair for free. I forget who chucked it out a few years ago, when I took it in desolate and so unfashionably brown. But hey, thanks. Because the great thing about junk furniture is that it's often only a metre or two of fabric away from being a one-of-a-kind statement piece, providing of course, you choose the right fabric.
Regular readers will know I ass kiss Blackpop and its rocking prints - and for good reason. They were on this patterned velvet trend way before the fash pack. In fact it was August last year when I posted about their collaboration with the National Portrait gallery and the range which resulted in this award winning Mary pattern, also available in stunning upholstery velvet.
Just a metre of Blackpop Reader fabric was enough to cover the seat on my French style cane Begere chair and at £120 it wasn't cheap. But if you can find me a bespoke, patterned velvet seat chair as cool as this for under £200, you will let me know won't you?
Here's some more super cool upholstery velvets to try if you can find yourself your own cheap chair to rock.
1) Polonaise Delft velvet £100 per m by Designers Guild
2) Santo Peony jacquard velvet £90 per metre by Romo
3) Madagascar velvet £38.64 by Jane Clayton
What do you think to the velvet revival? Planning your own plush recover? Got an upholstery brand on the radar I need to know about? Please get in touch, I would love to hear from you below.
Happy bank holiday all.