Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Aiveen Daly

New upholstery can not only transform a piece of furniture, but also dramatically transform the room it sits in. Recovering vintage furniture from any era is one of the most creative aspects to decorating a room. It is far more interesting than buying everything new and is definitely a more environmentally sustainable approach. Aiveen Daly takes upholstery to a new level, by creating bespoke couture upholstery designs in a luxurious array of original textiles, and with fine details like pleats, ribbon and buttons. Here are some of examples of her work:

This floor to ceiling panel is covered in an early Timorous Beasties fabric.

Here a Victorian ottoman is covered in a retro Swedish union linen. The seat lifts up to reveal storage inside, lined with tangerine cotton.

This chair was a commission for Elle Deco and Liberty of London. It is covered in an eclectic mix of Liberty shirt fabrics.

'Moneypenney', as this chair is called, is upholstered in Herringbone Tweed, with handmade frill, piping and buttoned suit detailing.

This chair was upholstered in Hemp and goatskin for shoe designer Rupert Sanderson's store in Mayfair.