This beautiful pair of mid-century Fler Narvik arm chairs arrived in the Tane Furniture workshop in need of some TLC. The frames had become wobbly over time and several attempts had been made to restored the timber frames using various stains and finishes.We set about putting the wrongs right, and bringing these beautifully designed mid-century arm chairs back to life.
First job was to remove the old webbing then start the process of dis-assembling the chair frames. With over 50 years of service I think we can forgive a few loose joints were the glue has dried out. In the case of the Narvik chairs there is a clever key hole fixing method in the rails which had become a little bit sloppy over time.
We carefully removed the legs and disassembled the entire frame. Cleaned the joints using a chisel to carefully remove the excess glue. And hey presto these beautiful mid-century chairs were ready to be re-assembled.
We applied wood glue with a brush to the clean joints, then re-assembled all the parts of the arm-chair. Clamps are used to hold the parts in position overnight until the glue has fully cured.
Once re-assembled we could then apply new seat webbing to the arm chairs.
We then set about fixing up the finish on the timber frames. We used a linseed oil mix to break down the previous finishes, which also nourishes and re-oils the timber frame. A final coat of wax and these Fler Narvik chairs are almost ready for action.
The final touch was a new sewn cover to protect the seat cushions from the new nylon webbing. And there you have it, two beautiful Fler Narvik Mid century arm chairs, fully restored and ready for another fifty years of service.
Beautiful… we love saving furniture from extinction, especially when they look as good as these do!