Relax in Real Comfort with Wills Furniture

Looking for comfort, real luxury and a genuine original design? You want furniture that you can sink into and relax, yet stand back and admire? Furniture built traditionally using materials of the highest quality? Wills Furniture is elegant, stylish and built to last a lifetime. Ask your designer to choose the fabrics or leather for your home – find the right combination that really lifts your living areas yet allows you to just take a seat and relax.

This week we look at chairs – both classic and contemporary. Our collection offers a wide range of comfortable, stylish and attractive chairs for your selection.

Here we have some of our more popular selections.

The Adelaide Chair

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The Adelaide Sofa and Chair combination is an ever popular selection. The design is classical. It is a traditional English design and it features hand polished, turned legs in Beech timber and solid brass castors.

Featuring a claw style arm, the Adelaide is available with either a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It can be selected with a pleated skirt giving a more feminine look and feel, or if desired a combination of both.

The Auburn Chair

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The Auburn Chair is a winged chair of optimal size featuring squared, compact arms complimenting its sleek, flowing design. The arms carry twin piping. The chair is complimented by its fine elegant legs with brass castors. Sink into the sumptuous feather cushions and enjoy its uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back – genuine comfort, real luxury.

The Kooyong Chair

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The Kooyong Chair is a high backed Winged Chair with an adjustable sprung lumbar support. And it is simply beautiful with elegant curved lines and soft profile. An absolute delight. Wonderfully comfortable, it features a unique scroll styled arm with a top facing, broad rounded front. With a traditional webbed seat, its completed with sumptuous cushions, cabriole legs that are hand shaped and highly polished Victorian Mountain Ash timber. A beautiful, elegant chair.

Please visit our website and view the full Wills Collection online. Or if you are a designer, architect, decorator or developer please call for a free bound copy on 9815 0111.

Depend on Wills Furniture for Design, Luxury and Comfort

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Fine Furniture of True Distinction

Wills Furniture offers an exclusive range of elegant, traditional furniture to Designers and Interior Decorators, Architects and businesses. It is a trade only proposition. The Wills Collection features Classic Sofas, Contemporary Sofas, Classic Chairs, Contemporary Chairs, French Provincial Furniture, Dining Chairs, Tub Chairs, Ottomans & Stools and a selection of finely upholstered Bedheads.

The Wills Collection can be viewed online here or if you would like a copy of our catalogue, please call 03 9815 0111.

Each week we try to bring you something new and interesting. This week we feature a range of classic and contemporary sofas.

Classic Sofas

The Suffolk

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With a classic club arm design, the Suffolk sofa features a T-shaped front cushion. It is traditionally hand-sprung utilising Australian hardwood timber framing. For a full classic look the fully lined tailored valance should be selected.

The Wesley

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This lounge features a scooped scroll arm with large studding hand detailing. It has polished tapered legs and bronze castors. With leather upholstery, the style of the Wesley sofa lends itself perfectly to the billiard room and be comfortably seated with cigar and cognac in hand.

The Whitehall

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Featuring traditional diamond buttoning, the Whitehall lounge exudes comfort in a familiar Chesterfield style. Large scroll arms are splayed outwards and are completed with inset piping detail creating a handsome look. Finished in either tailored skirts or with exposed chunky style legs with castors (piano sized) this is the ultimate traditional lounge suite for formal living areas.

Contemporary Sofas

The Baltimore

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With a squared design, the sofa has a very contemporary feel, clean symmetric lines and modern even lines. It’s very suitable for minimalist modern apartment design. The Baltimore sofa features polished Tasmanian Oak arms with a baked enamel mirror finish.

The Geneva

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Considered a most comfortable sofa, with sumptuous feather cushions, the Geneva sofa features a higher back frame with cushioning extended for better neck and back support. With a thin profiled arm with higher arched sides and a scooped out front, it profiles as sophisticated with simple elegant lines. The Geneva is available as a three seater, two seater or two and a half seater.

Whatever your needs, task or desire, you will find the right piece for your individual needs or your client’s wishes in our extensive Wills Collection.

Wills Furniture – For Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Finely Upholstered Furniture with Fabric by Domestic Textiles

Wills Furniture select textiles from a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers. To assist in this process we often call upon and depend on businesses such as Domestic Textiles to assist in locating specific fabrics and internationally renowned brands. This ranges from iconic English textile houses to companies from as far afield as Austria.

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Domestic Textiles supply a range of fabrics that include silks, velvets and weaves. It features styles from classic to contemporary and offer architects, designers, decorators and specifiers a broad, interesting and exciting palette to work from, certainly providing a range that enables the fulfilment and completion of a very wide range of projects, be they domestic or commercial.

Domestic Textiles was established in 1960. Like Wills Furniture, the business is wholesale and Trade only, however staff are only too happy to assist visitors and members of the public at their showrooms at 255 Burwood Rd Hawthorn.

You can visit their website at http://www.domestictextile.com.au/

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Our feature furniture piece today is a Georgian Sofa from the Wills Furniture Collection. The Fabric is a Shalimar velvet ruby/teal 226320.


Please note Wills Furniture will be closed for the Easter break on Good Friday – 14th April, Easter Monday – 17th April and reopening on Tuesday – 18th of April.

We wish all our clients and friends a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable break.

Wills Furniture – Caring for your Upholstery

When considering re-upholstery or care for those valuable family heirlooms and prized antique furniture, we believe it’s best to seek expert advice. Here we reprint the tips from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on caring for your upholstery with some added material from Wills Furniture.

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Upholstered furniture is both decorative and functional. Whilst it is intended to be a part of an interior decorative scheme, its main role is to provide comfortable seating. Not surprisingly, regular use results in considerable wear and tear. As a result, much antique furniture has been reupholstered, often many times. Even today, it is all too common for upholstered furniture to be stripped down to the frame, old upholstery discarded and replaced with new. The consequence of this can be the loss of all original materials and evidence of original techniques. Thus furniture that survives with its original upholstery intact is unusual and often of historical interest. And this is where fine craftsmanship and generational knowledge is required.

Upholstery top covers, like other textiles, are particularly susceptible to damage from light. Case or loose covers made of silk, linen or cotton were used historically to prevent expensive upholstery from being damaged by dust and light. These covers were removed for honoured guests and on special occasions. Case covers can be used to protect upholstery textiles from light damage. [They are used in many historic houses to protect upholstered furniture during their closed season.]

Cleaning spills

The first thing to do is to blot immediately with kitchen paper to absorb the liquid. Repeat this until you have removed as much liquid as possible. Don’t be tempted to use heat, for example a hair dryer, to speed the drying as this can cause shrinkage or permanently fix stains. After blotting, stop and consider whether to accept the remaining damage or try to remove more stain. If in doubt, limit your remedy to blotting and consult an upholstery or textiles conservator for further treatment. At Wills we can give accurate and sensible information that will assist in preserving your valuable furniture or we can provide recovering and reupholstery as is required.

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In some cases it is possible to lightly dampen the surface with water, then blot away as much of the water and stain as possible. This process can be repeated, drying by thoroughly blotting between each stage. However, upholstery is composed of many layers. If water or other liquids are used, it isn’t always possible to keep the effects on the layers separate. You may find that colours in the top cover have run or that tidelines have formed as dirt is drawn up from the lower layers into the textile cover. Both of these problems can be permanent and attempts to remove the stain can simply extended the area of damage.

Reupholstering chairs, Lounge Suites and Sofas

Perhaps the most common mistake made when reupholstering is the indiscriminate use of ‘traditional’ upholstery materials and techniques. Many of these techniques were developed in the 19th century and, when applied inappropriately, produce upholstery profiles that are bulky, over-stuffed and historically incorrect. The best way to avoid this common pitfall is to consult someone familiar with historic upholstery and or upholstery conservation.

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You may find evidence of original upholstery on the chair or piece itself. It may be possible to select an unobtrusive place (usually at the back) and carefully lift a small length of top cover. Look underneath for earlier covers or fragments of earlier covers. Tacks and tack holes can provide evidence about the original upholstery. The earliest tacks were handmade and have faceted heads whilst later machine made tacks have flat heads.

Successive generations of upholstery tend to multiply the number of tack holes in the frame (and do considerable damage in the process). If all the tack holes are used by the present layers of upholstery, it is likely that you are looking at original materials. Alternatively, a regular pattern of old tack holes may provide evidence of original decorative nailing.

If there is no original upholstery left, then it may be necessary to commission reupholstery. Upholstery conservators often advocate the use of stainless steel staples over traditional tacks as they cause considerably less damage to original frame components than traditional tacks and therefore extend the life of the original frame.
It can be difficult to obtain fabrics and trimmings with historically appropriate, let alone accurate, weaves and designs. Fabric may be specially commissioned for valuable pieces in museums but this is very expensive and not a realistic option for most people.

Cleaning upholstery

If you want to clean historic top covers on upholstered furniture, please check with our upholsterers first if possible. It is worth remembering that the tacks used to fix the top cover are usually nailed well into the wood, and the head of the tack is often deeply impressed into the textile. Trying to lever the tacks out, especially if they have rusted and weakened the textile, is almost certain to tear the fabric.

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At Wills our craftsmen will be able to minimise damage when removing the cover and will know what cleaning method is most appropriate. Another problem is that upholstery fabric, when originally fitted, is stretched under tension and then trimmed. If removed, it can be difficult to refit because there is insufficient fabric remaining to allow it to be retensioned.

It is worth remembering that drop-in seat frames should be returned to their original chair. Frames are not interchangeable within sets. It is common to find that top covers on drop-in seats have been added one after the other, sometimes with addition of a layer of wadding. You may be lucky and find the original cover and profile is still intact underneath. However, if enough layers have been added, the additional bulk acts as a wedge and forces the chair joints apart or breaks the rebate where the seat sits in the frame.

For really valuable upholstered furniture its always best to consult with and engage a professional, experienced and knowledgeable upholsterer. At Wills we are more than happy to provide advice and pricing on how best to care for, restore or refresh your valuable antique and traditional furniture.

Call Wills on 03 9815 0111 for a free, no obligation quote.