L'atelier du cuir - Brittany offers the renovation of your club armchairs, club sofas or other antique leather furniture.The restoration of leather club chairs is carried out either by retaining the original leather (if possible) or by replacing the leather with a new skin patina in the old or by a colored skin. For longevity and durability, we prefer to work with cowhide leather and not with basan. Depending on their condition, we try to also keep the original nails, while the straps are replaced. The padding of the cushions is completely exchanged.Recoloring ServiceIf you have a contemporary leather lounge, it is possible to renovate, recolor or change the color. The renovation stages consist of stripping and degreasing the leather, recolouring or staining, and then waterproofing it.
If you have a contemporary leather lounge, it is possible to renovate, recolor or change the color. The renovation stages consist of stripping and degreasing the leather, recolouring or staining, and then waterproofing it.
The stages of renovation
Once you arrive at our atelier, your club chair or club sofa will be examined closely to determine which parts of the leather cover can be kept.
Then, the armchair or the sofa is first disassembled and unloaded from its seat.
Thus exposed, the carcass can be glued and degreased. Sometimes an exchange of a part of the wooden carcass is necessary (preferably beech wood). Then comes the work of reforming the armrests which consists of putting on straps, stuffing with vegetable hair, covering with burlap, then stuffing again with a layer of cotton wool.
The next steps are the seat and the backrest: Then, it is necessary to tighten the straps and springs nosag, or to replace them if necessary. Follow the vegetable horsehair padding and the jute packing set in points. At the end we finish the bottom of the club chair as well as on the seat on which will later rest the cushion, with a layer of finer jute cloth or jaconas.
Once the interior is put back to a level that will allow it a good longevity, the old coating is then rested on the packed wooden carcass. The leather is then colored with an airbrush to equalize the shades of old leather, then patinated with several layers of wax to nourish and soften the leather. Finally, decorative brass nails, preferably the old ones, are put back in place.
Anxious to increase the margin of profit, these noble materials were unfortunately more and more exchanged from the 1950s against materials of lower quality but less expensive, such as foam block seat and spiral spiral frames As well as a less robust padding of the armrests, which resulted in considerable loss of comfort and durability.
In order to ensure maximum comfort and durability, while respecting as closely as possible the "core" of the original part, we renovate parts of the leather that are not too damaged and replace only Those which are irreparable, by colorless cowhide leather, then colored giving it the original patina.
For interior renovation, we work with jute straps, vegetable hair and cotton padding for armrests, and steel nosag springs, strong jute fabric, then less strong jute fabric or Jaconas (fabric) for the finishing of the seat. In order to guarantee maximum comfort, we use approximately 1.5 kg of foam flake mixture (80%) mixed with feathers (20%) for cushioning of the seat cushion, which corresponds to A volume of about 0.5 m3 in the raw state per cushion.
Finally, to keep the original appearance as much as possible, we strive to recycle old brass nails.