Weekly Highlight: Re-Caning a Classic
Originally designed in 1956, when this vintage Hans Wegner Circle Chair first came into our workshop this past April, it was looking every day of its age. In fact, at some point in its storied life, this CH20 broke on through to the other side. So we called upon our in-house expert, Emily Scheltgen, to weave her magic. Literally.
"The biggest challenge with this piece, and with re-caning these older pieces in general, would be the materials. Sourcing them is somewhat tricky: furniture caning is such a niche discipline; it can be difficult to find the specific materials you're looking for. And for this particular Wegner chair, there were thick, curved cuttings of rattan along the bottom edges to cover the nails. Nobody sells that anymore!"
"So we brainstormed a little about different solutions, and ended up making a very thin piece of ash in the shop to replace it. Working with the caning itself can be a little complicated too. It's a natural product and therefore has some defects and variances, it breaks easily if you don't process it correctly, and it's really difficult to color-match if you don't buy enough at once.
The chair itself was in great shape, but the seat had totally broken through the frame, it was barely hanging on in the back corner, and most of the wraps had come loose. Luckily, I was able to find some reference photos online of other restored pieces, and some originals, and through taking it apart, and comparing to the photos I was able to come up with the pattern and match it almost exactly."
This same technique, craft and expertise is on show in Emily’s re-caning of the matching Wegner stool.
INTIATION TO ARDUINO WORKSHOP AT THE GOOD MOD
We will be hosting an Intro to Arduino programming workshop here at the Good Mod. Tickets are available online, and include essentially everything to get you started!
Workshop will be taught by amazing designer, programmer, + musician, Lysandre Follet. Come on down and learn to program and create!
Information + Tickets on Eventbrite:
FRITZ HANSEN CHAIR RESTORATION
Our photographer took a few moments the other day to observe one of our craftsmen at work. Matt Dune Donnelly carefully prepped, sanded, + assembled these amazing Fritz Hansen dining chairs throughout an afternoon. The restoration process of these vintage pieces is a delicate + time consuming process, that requires a lot of thought and research. The final product however, is a piece of design history that has its original beauty in the spotlight once again.
Photography by Arthur Hitchcock
INSTRUMENT VISITS THE GOOD MOD
A few days ago we had some awesome folks from Instrument stop by for a tour + sack lunch meeting. Instrument is a digital creative agency here in Portland, and we were so pleased to share our space with these talented creatives. We created a few CNC pieces for them from random files they sent over, loved how they turned out!
Photos by Arthur Hitchcock
NATE VAN HOOK PAINTS AN EAMES SHELL CHAIR!
The Good Mod has recently been working with admired artists and giving them some of their vintage Eames shell chairs to see what kind of new twists can be created on the classic and iconic design. This chair was given to local Portland Oregon artist Nathan Van Hook
The chair will be donated to the Tedx Perfect Talk and will be auctioned off to raise money for underprivileged kids so they can attend the talks (tickets are normally $100 each.)
The Tedx talk will be held at One Grand Gallery on April 12th 2014.
Left to right: Jordan Mendez (owner of One Grand Gallery), Nathan Van Hook, Spencer Staley (owner of The Good Mod).