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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Fairy Godmothers

The Thea & Sami studio had two very special visitors yesterday.

I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Blume and Laura McEwan, also known as Flourish and Blume, the ladies who created this beauty. We spent 4 glorious hours together. It was non-stop excitement with the passionate exchanging of ideas and playing with fabrics.

I asked the girls to take my two ugly vintage armchairs away and work their magic! Ugly they may be but I have been told by Laura (taking measurements) that they are Don Rex chairs.

Apparently, these chairs are quite collectable but I haven't been able to find much information on-line. However, I did learn that Don Rex was a Queensland based furniture manufacturer in the 1960s and 70s. The factory used local timbers and Rex's designs were based on the popular Danish furniture of the day. If you know more about Don Rex, do educate us.

Update (6/8/11) It has been determined that these are not Don Rex chairs but Australian-made Tasmanian Blackwood in the popular Danish style.

This is the old fabric on the chairs which is highly unlikely to have been originally used by Don Rex.

I'm sure that Laura and Katie will do something fabulous with the chairs using 3 of our printed linen fabrics. We won't tell you which ones as we don't want to spoil the surprise. I know that I can't wait to see the transformations which will include new modern-shaped upholstery foam and cushions.

See more furniture magic over at Flourish and Blume.


Sarah said...

They have great lines, can't wait to see them finished.

gaby@stilelemente said...

The chairs aren't ugly, it's just that the fabric on them just so does not suit their style. I'm sure the very talented duo will work wonders and the transformation will be fabulous - can't wait to see :)

Thea said...

Lol, you haven't see the condition of these chairs Gaby; the varnish is peeling, mould everywhere, etc.

Belle Inspirations said...

Thankyou so much for your lovely kind wishes yesterday on my birthday, have a lovely week xx

Tiff said...

Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see them finished!!! X

Raine and Sage said...

I've no doubt these fairy godmothers will have your chairs ready for the ball in no time. I've had a good trawl through Flourish & Blume since your recent post about them. They are chair wonderwomen. I'm a fan!

Kate Malfroy said...

shouldn't that title read CHAIRY Godmothers??

Exquisite Accessories said...

Hi Thea ooh cannot wait to see the fabric on the Don Rex chairs, I bet they will look gorgeous!!! Thanks for loving my front doors too, Its nice to feel organised again & have internet! :) xx

NessaKnits said...

How exciting! Can't wait to see their finished results!

flourish and blume said...

We sure had fun Thea! Sorry for not helping tidy up the mess we made throwing fabric everywhere! You can tell how excited we are in that photo - grins from ear to ear lol!

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