Reviving a Mid-century Sling Chair

Falcon Chair by Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler, a Norwegian company

When’s the last time you ran across something that took you right back to kid-hood? I recently had the pleasure of restoring a 1960’s sling chair for a client, which reminded me of my parents’ house. The house I grew up in was a beautiful mid-century split level, designed by my uncle, Richard Brooks, who also designed his own home in Concord, Massachusetts.

Falcon Chair by Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler

It follows that I grew up around the furniture that fit those homes – simple, comfortable and ‘slim’ – nothing like the overstuffed behemoths of later times. I loved it then and still do.

1960s Falcon Chair - side & back views

Side & back views show why this chair is so comfortable: you are cradled in a sling!

With a little research I found out this is a Falcon Chair, created by Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler, a Norwegian company.

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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

  1. Tom MerzbacherTom Merzbacher04-14-2016

    Do you have any idea where one can find replacement cushions for Falcon chairs?

  2. CarlaCarla04-19-2016

    Hi Tom,
    I don’t have a source for replacement cushions made specifically for the Falcon chairs. A good upholsterer should be able to build new cushions using the old ones as a guide.

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