These Dining chairs were so much fun to redesign. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to change the overall look and not just reupholster them. The first step was finding the right material to really make them special. The original armchairs had fabric on their backs and leather on their fronts while the armless chairs were all leather. My client and I looked at mohair, wool/silk blends, velvets, leathers, and finally landed on this amazing paisley fabric. In my opinion, a paisley print can look too sweet if not executed properly, so I had to give it an edge. Thats where the red vinyl tape and nailheads came into the design. The tape also created a seamless transition from back to front on each chair. When upholstery is wrapped around the frame like this there has to be a way to finish it. Cording along the back edge was an option, however, I didn’t think it would hold up as well over time. Ultimately, my client and I both liked the sleek profile that the tape with nail heads added to these beautiful new custom chairs and it gave them the ‘look’ we were trying to accomplish.