Image courtesy of Sarah BonalloA few weeks ago I was delighted to discover the work of British furniture designer Sarah Bonallo, who has created a range of three summer chairs all with heaps of nautical appeal, breathing a new lease of life into vintage pieces. My favourite of the three is the Deauville; a delight of sky blue and white stripes juxtaposed with jolly polka-dots reminiscent of weekends at the seaside. Taking a dowdy beech framed Parker Knoll winged armchair, Bonallo has worked her magic using original cotton ticking picked up on her travels in Brittany and Normandy.
Embracing the importance of creating a piece of art in a time-honoured fashion, with the greatest respect for tradition, Bonallo’s work is an homage to the craftsmen and artisans of another time, paying her respects with original materials and traditional work practices. Eschewing modern methods and materials, each piece is created by hand, from the loving restoration work and the hand-stitched upholstery, to the springs and recycled animal haïr stuffing.
The Deauville chair is priced at £1,550.