Sunday, April 17, 2011

A chair called Einstein

I inherited a chair or a stool from my late danish grandmother made by an Icelandic architect, called Sveinn Kjarval, Sveinn studied furniture making in Denmark when he was young and has designed all kinds of things, mostly furniture but also interiors. He for example designed the library in the presidential habitats (the Icelandic white house so to speak) and a few restaurants as well, but I think he is mostly known for his Scandinavian / danish modernism furniture, which is still sold today some 30 years after his passing.
The chair is very cute and simple, made from solid Teak (i´m pretty sure it´s Teak). The upholstery although probably very practical and pretty a "few" years back, was a little tired and to be honest yucky :/ So I made the decision that this little stool was gonna be pretty again. I vent to a place here in Iceland and bought some sheepskin, the lady was nice enough to cut a whole skin in half because I only needed half of it (and then it laid in my laundry room for a while because I suffer from "begin a phobia"). 

Aint I pretty - and doesn´t the name fit him well ?
 It was a very simple process though, so I could not really procrastinate any longer, and with a little tug here and tug there help from my boyfriend, it was done in no time at all :D

I took all of the staples out

plenty of those

If you look closely you can actually see the pattern of the fabric!!
ready to be cut & stapled
I just used the old fabric to trace the skin and then I cut and stapled, fairly easy all in all and I think it looks very cute, an even mix of crazy and cute ;) hence the name hihi

Here he is before

getting ready to tear out those staples

And voila - I introduce Einstein ;)
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Ruth said...

Beautiful! The sheepskin is awesome! I'm sure your grandmother would have been really pleased to see it.

jandjhome said...

I'm here from the hop. This caught my eye. I love what you did with it. I'm your newest follower.

xinex said...

Love it. Bet it feels so soft too....Christine

Katie said...

Einstein! I love it! It looks so comfy on the bum! I bet it's a great conversation piece!

Inga´s Haven said...

thank you guys for the nice comments - Ruth i´m sure she´d laugh and shake her head :D
And yes it´s very soft and FLUFFY :D haha

Nancy said...

This is great! It's so funky, you gotta love it!
Nate Berkus would love this too! He did something similar to this with a faux fur also. It was wild as well!
I'm a new follower from the Creative Bloggers' Hop! Hope you can hop by my blog too!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

I've done a similar thing for my chair but it didn't turn out as fantastic as yours! I love it! :-)

Jill said...

That stool looks incredible! I LOVE IT!!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
Have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Trisha said...

Love how that stool turned out! Great job:)
I'm a new follower :)

angie @ the cellar door stories said...

how fun! i just want to reach out and touch it!!

DIO: Do It Ourselves said...

Very fitting name! I'm all about textures and things you just have to touch. Nice work. You are definitely not alone with "begin-a-phobia". =)

Ruth said...

Inga, I've given you a Liebster award on my blog, Cherry Coloured Twist. Hope that's OK!!

Carolyn said...

I so want to sit on that chair!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

very funky and sheek! I like it.


c.w.frosting said...

I love sheepskin, looks so comfy! Following from Homemaker on a Dime =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Hemma på Landet said...

Great! I like that.:-) Hugs Stina

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...


How fun!!!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

That turned out cute, Inga! Thank you for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Jill said...

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Lisa said...

I bet that is so comfy! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

This looks awesome! Love it!
Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} and making my first party such a great success! I would love if you stopped by tomorrow and share more of your cute projects! :)
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

petite hermine said...

Your chair is so cute! It's featured on my Sunday Linky this week! Check it out here :)

Jill said...

Hi there
Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this wonderful chair on my round tuit post this week!
Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Inga´s Haven said...

thank you all for your incredibly nice comments :D
I love it !!!!

Anonymous said...

Glæsilegur stóll! hvar fékkstu gæruna?

Inga´s Haven said...

Takk fyrir það :) Gæruna fékk ég í Hvítlist upp á höfða - svo margt fallegt til hjá þeim þar :)

Anonymous said...

Svakalega fallegur stóll, algjört æði :)

En mannstu nokkuð hvað gæran kostaði ca?

Kv. Margrét.

Inga´s Haven said...

takk kærlega fyrir það :) ég er ekki alveg klár á því hvað gæran kostaði (svo langt síðan að ég gerði þetta) en ég er með töluna 6000.- e-h hluta vegna í hausnum .. en þau eru svo næs í hvítlist að þau létu mig hafa hálfa gæru .. og á fullt af afgangi meira að segja af henni :)

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Loved the idea! Very interesting!

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