Eleanor Pritchard fab fabrics for Mid-Century upholstery
We recently came across Eleanor Pritchard’s lovely wool fabrics mentioned on another website so we had a look and fell in love with her small range of designs and colours. Immediately we decided we had to use them on some of our pieces as the choice of colours and designs were perfect for Mid-Century sofas and chairs.
Apart from greys and other neutrals we find our customers are most likely to go for yellows, oranges and peacock blues. Low and behold these were the main colours that she has chosen for her palette along with grey and a deep blue all teamed with a black or white. All the cloth is woven on the Isle Of Bute to a great standard and is suitable for both domestic and contract work. These fabrics are woven, unlike most patterned fabrics so there is no right side, it can be used on either way. Eleanor Pritchards also has a range of matching plains.
The colours available are spot on, the orange is not too orange, the yellow just the right tone of lemon! Then there are the simple pared back graphic designs which are inspired by sound and radio waves, so stylish and ideal for upholstering Scandinavian pieces from the 1950’s and 1960’s. In addition the rub/abrasion ratings are well above most other fabrics, so will be very hard wearing.
All this doesn’t come cheap but nor is it ridiculously expensive. Today you can go out and buy new throwaway Mid-Century style sofas and chairs or you can invest in originals and make them your own by choosing a wonderful fabric. Some iconic Mid-Century designs by the likes of Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner are now being re-issued but they’re extremely expensive and often the woods are not as good as the originals.
Our first project was for cushions for one of our Danish sofas but as they’re a fairly standard size we have shown them on some matching chairs. For this we chose ” Meldrum ” in petrol green and black. The fabric was so good we wanted to use both sides ! Luckily we had enough left to do a matching footstool and used the other side of the fabric. .
Our second project will be using ” Totley ” on 8 Moller teak dining chairs. These will be coming soon once our upholsterer has time to do them. Again it’s going to be a difficult decision as to which side to use.
Have a look at Eleanor’s website www.eleanorpritchard.com we think you’ll fall in love with her designs and choice of colours and like us decide it’s a great investment. I’m currently saving up to use ” Wrekin ” on my Danish dining chairs which after some 50 years are in need of some new seats. I know ” Chillerton ” would look stunning on my early 20th Century sofa, but that’s a much larger investment which will have to wait for 2 or 3 years unfortunately .