Treading Lightly

This chair came to me a few weeks ago. It’s a classic LLoyd Loom ‘Lusty’ product with a sprung drop-in seat, probably a rare piece too. Before restoration can begin, it needed to be taken apart and cleaned. You never know what you’ll find, in this case there was just the degraded ‘innards’, no messages or photographs or hints at its history. I know its history already, one careful owner passed down to the son of the family – then on to me.

I’ll be spray-painting the chair Graphite today then reupholstering the drop-in seat with new yet classic, materials. In this blog post, The Traces We Leave…. the author ponders on ‘legacy’ along with wondering about a photograph he had found taped to the underside of a drawer of a bedside cabinet he was about to recycle. There is much to be said on the matter of legacy, what remains of our footprint in the world, after we stop walking? Good to tread lightly, me thinks.

Shall I leave a ‘little something’ within the upholstered seat? Perhaps a scrap of the original fabric in an envelope tucked between the stuffing? Perhaps a message to the future, like a message in a bottle, indicating the history of this piece? So far?

This company offers a wealth of information about restorations. Heck! One day I might need to know How to fix Queen Ann legs!

Thanks to Julius for the link to the blog post.

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2 thoughts on “Treading Lightly”

  1. Interesting story and I like tread lightly as the Sufi saying goesโ€Wear the world loosely โ€œ!! Love history of old items ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ! Thank you for your reflections ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š.

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