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before & after: patrick’s chairs + libby’s bench

by Kate Pruitt


There are literally tens of thousands of chair designs in the world, so for a single chair to stand out in the crowd, it all comes down to the details. Looking at the lovely finishing touches on these refurbished chairs by Patrick Feist, I can tell he is well aware of this fact. From the brass tacks to the burlap backings and orange buttons, I’m in love with these chairs. The canine model he’s chosen isn’t bad either :) Patrick is selling a few of his redesigned pieces at a pop-up store in Nolita called Pound Cake, but if you can’t make it to NYC, you can also see more of his work on his site, P.M. Feist. Wonderful work, Patrick! — Kate

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We’ve featured wrought-iron furniture makeovers before, but I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before. This lovely woven bench is the work of Libby Nikkel, whose friend Mandy couldn’t resist sharing the project with us on Libby’s behalf. Libby snagged this old bench off of Craigslist for $10 and, inspired by a furniture piece she saw at Anthropologie, decided to try her own hand at weaving different textiles to achieve a similar look. The result is quite unique, elevating this bench well beyond its humble beginnings. The mixture of colors and textures is beautiful, and I especially love the detailing on the arms. Beautiful work, Libby!

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