Reviving a Mid-century Sling Chair

When’s the last time you ran across something that took you right back to kid-hood? I recently had the pleasure of restoring a 1960’s sling chair for a client, which reminded me of my parents’ house. The house I grew up in was a beautiful mid-century split level, designed by my uncle, Richard Brooks, who also designed his own home in Concord, Massachusetts.

Falcon Chair by Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler

It follows that I grew up around the furniture that fit those homes – simple, comfortable and ‘slim’ – nothing like the overstuffed behemoths of later times. I loved it then and still do.

1960s Falcon Chair - side & back views

Side & back views show why this chair is so comfortable: you are cradled in a sling!

With a little research I found out this is a Falcon Chair, created by Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler, a Norwegian company.

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By | 2017-06-03T13:31:52+00:00 September 9th, 2014|design & inspiration|3 Comments

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  1. Tom Merzbacher April 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Do you have any idea where one can find replacement cushions for Falcon chairs?

  2. Carla April 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Hi Tom,
    I don’t have a source for replacement cushions made specifically for the Falcon chairs. A good upholsterer should be able to build new cushions using the old ones as a guide.

  3. Carla Pyle July 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    From the Living Home Furniture site:

    Question from Nigel (May 1, 2017) –

    Do you have any idea where I can source replacement buttons for my Falcon Chair ?

    Hi Nigel,

    Any upholstery shop should be able to make new buttons to match your chair’s cover fabric or leather. Alternatively, you can have them made remotely and mailed back to you. You can find more info here:

    I hope this helps!

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