I think I need to start a blog post category just called “Chairs and their Covers.” I have a problem. You may remember that I bought this dream vintage Bertoia diamond chair a few months ago but the pumpkin-orange original cushion cover was unexpectedly unsalvageable. It was immediately clear that this was a job beyond my sewing abilities/wants. I thought about having an upholsterer do it but I wasn’t at all excited about putting forth the effort of finding fabric on my own or getting on my upholsterer’s long list or paying the high price I was expecting. Are you catching the lazy vibe I’m throwing down? Clicking buttons on a computer sounded so much better so on the suggestion of some IG friends, I purchased a reproduction cover from a seller on eBay (another option is this slightly more expensive option on Etsy). I’m here to share the details in case you are A.) in the same boat B.) lazy and C.) can’t afford a billion dollar replacement from Knoll!
Both sellers manufacture other Bertoia cover replacements for those large diamonds, birds, and ottomans too! The cost for a regular diamond chair cover came in around $200 after shipping and, although it took months to arrive, for the price and convenience, I’m generally happy. The fabric and construction are good enough, though obviously the quality of the original and Knoll replacements I’m sure are on another level. The cushion ships folded in half, so that right there sets it apart from the completely molded foam originals which are shaped perfectly to that curve. A bit of manipulating is required to get this cover into place and the results is wrinkled areas on the back sides. Sad, as that back view is the best view! The fit is actually pretty decent from the front.My biggest worry was that the fabric would be cheap looking and in an off color. I picked a vivid dark red-orange from their fabric choices (Persimmon) and, while not as nubby or as thick as my adorable original, it has some texture and is better than expected. The color is surprisingly great! The foam itself is thinner, which I’m fine with, but it arrived with a few areas where the foam isn’t totally adhered to the fabric causing bubbling. And a few more bubbles popped up within a few days of fitting it to the chair. Not ideal, but you only see it in certain lights and it’s not a deal breaker for my lazy butt.The tether system is my biggest complaint, being rigged a bit differently and not hidden. On the originals, one piece of twine encircles the entire cover and clips inconspicuously under the seat. This cover has two tethers that need to clip at the sides, the angles of which are not at all forgiving when trying to hide the clips. The look is super clunky and the one thing I would change if I could!Some shots of the lumpy original for comparison. Overall, for the price and especially THE LACK OF WORK ON MY PART, I’m happy with the purchase!
I’m really just so thankful to have this chair.
I’m basically exactly this at minute 1:50…
But no really, ashtray/lamp/chair hits a little too close to home.
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I would LOVE to have the old one to make a pattern from! Was just investigating purchasing from the same seller on etsy and got irritated that their shipping was SUCH a rip off. I’m the daughter of an architect and I inherited 8 Bertoia chairs from my aunt, who bought them new in the 60’s. I would love to cover them and return them to their full glory. Hope to hear from you!
I’m sorry but I don’t have it anymore :( Eight chairs is a dream, but what a big job to find covers for all of them!! Best of luck!
Thanks Jenny! I loved reading your post. Hopefully I can find an old one to use for a pattern. The new ones are crazy expensive!!😳
I just saw that they sell these covers on Ebay, if you are interested.
Wondering if you ever found an original diamond chair cover? I have a black one I am going to remove soon. I have purchased a new cover and will be putting the original on eBay to see if I can recover some of the new cover cost.
Who is this mystery seller? The link you provided doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Hi! I just updated the seller’s link and added an alternative too…I purchased from seller ziurene-covers on Ebay, but StudioCityLoft on Etsy also makes them! Best of luck on your search!