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Here is a photo of the un-restored sofa:
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Any suggestions for cushions for a piece like this, or will I have have custom cushions made?
I assume that you'll have a cushion or cushions made; the foam will have to be cut to fit precisely. If used for sleeping, a single seat cushion -- of very firm foam -- would be ideal; the back could be divided into three, perhaps, and made of slightly less dense foam.
The seat was made flat (parallel to the floor) for comfort in sleeping. An ideal seating angle would have a somewhat raised front edge, perhaps, though this is not as vital when the seat is quite low. But it would be easy to prepare for either form, by inserting a piece of 3/4 plywood into the mattress well, now, so that with simple blocking the front edge could be raised as desired.
As for faric: I have a large throw pillow on my couch, covered in some stuff that's a bit like suede cloth, but with a visible twill texture. The material has worn like iron, and seems to show no soiling. Here are close-up photos of front and reverse:
What are you thinking of in terms of a fabric? In the fifties Wright tended to use a Wool Boucle woven fabric, and because of Olga-the colors tended to be more vivid. Jack Lenor Larson made a fabric called Doria, which is no longer in production. I have proposed a Maharam fabric for replacement ottoman cushions at the Weltzheimer house.
Good luck with the project!
We are lucky that this sofa was in such good shape, BTW the top of the sofa is scribed to fit into the stone wall-it is NOT damaged.
Unbrook, we currently have wool fabric in a vivid periwinkle color on our current sofas and although it looks great, it is very itchy and I swore I would avoid wool in the future. Our current sofas will NOT be making the move to Gunning. I think I'll avoid a vivid color this time and use accent pillows for color at Gunning. I really like the Maharam textile prints!
Thank you everyone! I really appreciate your suggestions.
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I'll being doing a lot of research looking through my books before picking textile. We want the floor to look as close to original as possible but I won't pick a fabric until the floor is poured.
Don't be averse to wool. It isn't the fabric that causes discomfort, but the cut. A high quality twill shouldn't itch. The advantage of wool is that is endures. Of course, nothing endures like nylon, but I would suggest you not go there. Velour tends to show its age quickly.
As a couch, 4 cushions would be best, with the slant built in, and sloping bolsters reducing the seat depth to about 21-22". The angle between seat and bolster should be about 95 degrees for a standard 17-18" high seat; more like 90 if the seat is noticeably lower.
Your house is not full of light; a light-colored fabric on all your furniture would liven up the space considerably. Though not so light that dirt be a problem. The yellow seats in the Arnold Friedman House (posted here some time ago) work well.
Foam or down? Our sofas now are down filled covered by cheesecloth then wool crepe upholstery. Feather stems sometimes protrude through, therefore I was thinking using something along the lines of our mattress (high density foam from Design Within Reach) which has really been both comfortable yet very durable.