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Upcycling furniture as with many other product lines has evolved from a trendy bohemian life gesture into a mainstream way of living. For Parker Interiors this is reflected in sales as when we commenced operations in 2006, 70% of our production was new furniture and 30% restoration. Now in 2024, these figures have completely reversed. The types of upholstered furniture being upcycled have also evolved which is interesting.

Several decades ago in the early stages of furniture upcycling upholstered antique furniture would be stripped, the show-wood frames would be brightly lacquered and the furniture re-upholstered in varied bright remnant fabrics. The next up-cycling stage was the refurbishing of 1930’s to 1950’s club lounges. These designs were almost unique to Australia and it became fashionable for the young professional class to have club lounges restored to their individual requirements. The following restoration phase is mid-century furniture which is presently huge and likely to continue for many years. Those having mid-century furniture restored are the inheriting grandchildren in their twenties setting up homes to the aged original purchases who still admire the beauty and practicality of this furniture. 

The enquiry commenced with a phone call from our clients almost on the eve of Christmas requesting a quote on the re-upholstery of a pair of settees located at a Salvos furniture Perth. However, we understood our clients had serious intent as they had already selected a fabric so we met them at the charity shop with a sample of their selected upholstery fabric. The settees were inspected and quoted upon sight then we were asked to transport them back to our Canning Vale factory.

In the New Year we removed all the existing upholstery on this old furniture pieces and carried out minor structural adjustments to the timber frames. New turned legs were also acquired and stained to client requirements. The reupholstery commenced with heavy quality elastic webbing fitted to the seats and backs then high density foam laminated to the frame bodies. Premium foam was fabricated to form the shell backs as well as cylindrical arm and seat cushion inserts. The inside backs with the cushions were all then laminated with bonded polyester fibre.

The upholstery fabric was cut with great attention to pattern matching given the fabric concerned was a bold pattern. We worked through the upholstery process on the two settees simultaneously guaranteeing an identical finish with piped detail. This included lining and padding the outside back panels also trimmed with piping.

The reclaimed furniture looked more tailored than the original upholstery finish and the result was spectacular. The settees were brought back to life in a bold majestic way but still retained the essence of their reproduction art-deco design. This is upcycling in the truest sense and we trust this luxury furniture will be enjoyed for many years.

Thanks Frank for you and your team’s professional approach and investment in quality

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What started out as a routine drop of some charity goods at our local Salvo’s, has ended up in a lifetime investment into beautiful unique furniture that we will treasure forever.  We both found the unusually shaped twin settees quietly awaiting their new owner on a quiet weekday morning just before Christmas 2023 and fell in love with them, but they needed some help.  “Who will you get to do it?” I asked.  “Well”, she answered in response, “I’ve been following Parker Interiors who are really adept at performing restorations and who do a fantastic job of it” – she knew exactly who to call. 
And she did, Frank Parker was phoned with a photo of the settees as we stood in the shop.  We arranged to meet Frank on site (at Salvo’s) only a day later after we had secured the settees.  Frank had told us before we met that Warwick Fabrics was where to look and when we saw Warwick Flower Bomb (Violet) there could be no other choice – to match the TV wall in our under construction home and to allow us to use other accent colours to complement.  He was bang on time on the day, and showed us samples of fabrics and we quickly confirmed our choice, and he also went to great pains to explain exactly what restoration he would need to do and what it would cost, but no pressure.  Frank promised to check over the frames, change the feet, bolster some of the foam padding and above all returned our newly found treasurers given a new life. 
From December to late February our settees received their new start in life.  Frank held them over in his factory a limited time after they were completed while we awaited our new home to be handed over, so we could deliver there.  Nothing seemed to be a trouble. And it was well worth the wait, what a result – we are so happy with them and they will be a family treasure!   
Thanks Frank for you and your team’s professional approach and investment in quality.  We value the great experience we had and thoroughly recommend your service, with its accompanying care and artisanship to others in a similar situation as we were in.  We are convinced that Parker Interiors will apply these values restoring anyone else’s furniture and once again granting them renewed and enhanced lives.
Graeme and Liesl    
Guildford W.A

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