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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.

  3. DanDan04-02-2017

    Similar question: where can I go to repair the leather straps that connect the cushion at four points to the metal brackets that clip into the wooden armature?

  4. Carla PyleCarla Pyle04-09-2017

    Hi Dan,
    For this chair, I found some heavy leather at a local saddle maker’s shop. They were small ‘scraps’ to him, so not too costly. Any boot repair shop should have a similar grade leather (about 3/16″ thick). If the boot repair place doesn’t want to do the stitching for you, try your local upholsterer.

  5. Nigel GilesNigel Giles05-01-2017

    Hi
    Do you have any idea where I can source replacement buttons for my Falcon Chair ?
    Thanks

  6. Carla PyleCarla Pyle05-05-2017

    Hi Nigel,

    Any upholstery shop should be able to make new buttons to match your chair’s cover fabric or leather. Alternatively, you can have them made remotely and mailed back to you. You can find more info here: http://www.workroombuttons.com/Finished-Button-Service_ep_48-1.html.

    I hope this helps!
    Carla

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