Charles Catt was a cabinet maker who emigrated from England with his family to WA in the early 60’s however his son Roy emigrated some years later having completed his diploma at the London. The business Charles Catt & Son was established in the mid 60’s with their first factory in Belmont then shifted to a large factory in Willetton in the early 70’s then finally moving to their purpose built factory in the mid 80’s at Canning Vale. Catt became renowned for designing and manufacturing premium quality contemporary Jarrah furniture including dining, cabinetry and lounge. The business went into receivership in the early 90’s due to a combination of high overheads and a declining market.
Re-upholstering these Catt ‘President’ dining chairs takes time as to attain this style requires considerable engineering. The chair is constructed utilising a fibreglass shell with a hollow Jarrah pedestal base containing a centre threaded spine.
We re-attached ply pieces for fixing the outside back and laminated new premium padding to the fibreglass shells. To acquire the complex curves requires shaped borders for the fitted upholstery then just the slow task of finishing the outside backs. The chairs are finally carefully re-assembled applying the correct tension to the threaded spine enabling the swivel action.
By rejuvenating these iconic 70’s chairs this family will be able to enjoy using them into the future.