Upholder
Working in this industry for many years, I can’t miss the chance to pay respect to early interior designers. Upholders were early upholsterers or furniture repairers, but it’s thought that they were the precursors to decorators. It makes sense that the person you tasked with fixing or restuffing your chaise longue would have some ideas on the best pieces or colours to work in the living area. Upholsterers had to know their stuffings, and I can imagine a tool chest packed with all sorts of textures – coir, horse hair, hessians and springs – to master the padding of a piece of furniture. It’s amazing to think that what started with a focus on cushions and padding evolved into such a recognised career today. Here’s to the upholders of days gone by!

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Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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