Pantone Perfection in a desk chair

Depending on the designer I am working with, sometimes they produce hand-screen printed textiles, or hand woven textiles. I also often work with designers to produce digitally printed fabric. This is where the 'pantone colour fabric sampler' is an essential tool to discuss colour and get the exact match for a particular design.

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I and the designer consult the colour chart to discuss and confirm designs. The discussion has often led to the question of why this piece of fabric is not available as a fabric. The colour fabric sampler would be a beautiful fabric in its own right and make a stunning chair too. So I thought why not?


I sourced the fabric from one of the digital fabric printing companies that I work with and a little bit of tweaking was required to create a pattern repeat. Unique and rather special, this fabric is not available by the metre and can only be bought as this one off upholstered pantone desk chair.  The frame was powder coated in a dark blue by a local powder coating business offering an unlimited range of colours - great for all future projects!

I am currently in the throes of upholstering this 1970s metal framed desk chair with the pantone colour fabric sampler fabric – it works brilliantly in an office space where chairs are required to be practical an functional, but can often be quite dull.

I want to create practical, functional and comfortable chairs that also offer a showstopper element. Why can't the simple desk chair be something that makes you smile? For most people you go to work and sit in it for up to five days a week. If you're lucky you might work from home or have a studio and it is lovely to have a work space that is cheery and bright – this chair will not only be practical it will be beautiful too and will brighten up your working day!

My first pantone desk chair will be finished in the next few weeks, watch this space, work spaces will never be regarded as dull or boring again!