6. My Restored Chair

‘What we need is upcycling, where old products are given more value not less.’ – Reiner Pilz of German technology company, Pilz

The chairs in this section are all old and have become well-worn. They have been given a new lease of life and often an updated look through recovering or reupholstering. These chairs were made to last a lifetime – or even longer.


My Restored Chair - Alan Cecil, Hazlemere
"This is the last surviving ‘directors style’ canvas wooden chair that my family have kept since the 1930s. At that time my parents and grandparents (who ran a fishmongers/fruit and ...
My Restored Chair - Edna Greenwood, High Wycombe
"This is our favourite chair, it's the prototype of the original Parker Knoll recliner purchased direct from the factory at Parker Knoll in High Wycombe when I worked there in ...
My Restored Chair - Julie, High Wycombe
"This is my favourite seat in the museum café lounge. I love everything about it; its classic look with the grey piping and the vibrant blue. The museum was given ...
My Restored Chair - Claire Baker, Downley
"My favourite chair is this Ercol Savernake. Fully upholstered, unusual for Ercol, purchased as part of a three piece suite in 1978. Present cover is the fourth incarnation, still has ...
My Restored Chair - Thomas Grigg, Downley
"My mum told me this chair belonged to dad's great Aunt Maude. Maude was very old when my parents got married and too ill to come to their wedding. After ...
My Restored Chair - Ann and Sue, Marlow
"Our chair has been re-covered, but we believe it still has the original horsehair stuffing in it. This chair is special because our Dad made it and because it's the ...

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