Parker Knoll 110/111 restoration

This week’s restoration project was a Parker Knoll 110/11. Lovingly taken apart and put back together for a customer in Newcastle.  Made in 1976 this is an egg-style chair with a tilt and swivel mechanism, and its one that’s difficult to source.
Unlike some of our other restoration projects, we did not have the original cover for this chair. So, our first job was to remake the pattern to fit the egg chair’s shell. It wasn’t easy, but we’re not ones for walking away from a challenge.

How we tackled the restoration

Added to this, the tilt and swivel base was in quite a bad condition. Our work involved fully restoring the damaged wood, repairing and re-greasing the mechanism.
The chair was stripped right back to its polystyrene shell and new A grade foam and wool Crib 5 interliner added to comply with current fire regulations.
We upholstered the chair using one of our favourite fabrics from Kirkby Design’s recycled leaf range – Ocean. We love this range and feel it really suits our restoration projects and our ethos perfectly.
For the personal touch, four buttons in portobello pink were added to the back of the chair from the pure wool company Moon and sons. 
We’re delighted with the finished piece, and are pleased to say that the customer is too. Not only that. Parker Knoll also gave the makeover the thumbs up.  All in a day’s work.