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Upholstery: Basic & Traditional Techniques

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Upholstery: Basic & Traditional Techniques

Santiago Pons, Eva Pascual, Jordi Pons & Mercè Garcinuño

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With more than 650 color images, basic and traditional upholstery techniques are presented in step-by-step detail. Traditional upholstery is a craft that has evolved over centuries for padding and covering chairs, seats, and sofas. Using a solid wood or webbed platform, it can involve the use of springs, lashings, stuffings of animal hair, grasses and coir, wools, hessians, and scrims, as well as bridle or stuffing ties, blind stitching, top stitching, flocks, and wadding. Projects include various styles of chairs, from a classic dining room table chair to a contemporary armchair, antique sofa, and a bed headboard. A detailed worksheet of the general process takes you through design elements to be considered prior to embarking on your project, introduces types of stitching, and helps you troubleshoot problems. A gallery of completed projects will inspire your own creative ideas.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 661 color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348556 | Binding: hard cover

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Santiago Pons Ferrer is an upholsterer with over 50 years of experience. He was trained in Barcelona’s most prestigious workshops and later founded the current Taller de Tapicería Artesanal Pons in the same city. He holds the title of Maestro Artesano de la Generalitat de Catalunya since 2007, recognizing his professional and teaching career, his mastery and excellence with respect to the craft of upholstery. He has taught upholstery classes for more than 15 years at the main restoration schools of Catalonia. Jordi Pons Cort is the son of Santiago and continues the upholstery workshop where he was trained. He has worked there for 30 years and today he heads the workshop. He combines traditional craft techniques with new and innovative methods, constantly searching for high-quality materials to perform both kinds of work. The workshop deals with both the restoration of upholstery for institutions, antique shops, and private individuals, as well as the creation of upholstery for interior outfitters and designers. Mercè Garcinuño is a specialist in canework as it is applied to furniture and has more than 10 years of professional experience. She regularly collaborates with the Pons upholstery workshop, both for restoring antique furniture and the creation of contemporary pieces. Eva Pascual i Miró is a licensed art historian from the University of Barcelona and specializes in museography and design (Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya) and preventive conservation (Universidad Autónoma de Catalunya). As part of her family tradition, she studied antiques, particularly Catalonian furniture and medieval furniture. Her professional trajectory has taken her to various museums and cultural institutions of Catalonia, where she has documented furniture collections and decorative art. She has also worked as a manager of collections and as an exhibition coordinator. She has written numerous articles about decorative arts and Catalonian medieval furniture and taught history classes, as well as classes about the documentation and criteria of furniture restoration. She is a member of the editorial staff of the Estudi del Moble magazine.