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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In search of the perfect fabric: Kvadrat

Just the other day, a reader asked for more information about the upholstery fabric used on a pair of Jens Risom C140 "Playboy chairs" in a 2012 post, and I realized that it's been a while since I mentioned textiles.

One of the most challenging aspects of vintage furniture restoration is choosing a fabric that is appropriate to the period. Finding a catalog that tells you what was used on the original is a godsend, and discovering that the fabric...or even something very still in production is nothing short of a miracle.

Kvadrat is a leading Danish manufacturer of design textiles. Founded in 1968, the company has supplied leading architects and designers with fabric for their projects for decades. Their first and most iconic fabric was Hallingdal 65, which many consider a perfect choice for mid-century restorations.

Hallingdal 65 by Kvadrat

In 2012, Kvadrat celebrated Hallingdal 65. Numerous designers submitted projects using the fabric in fun and creative ways, demonstrating the versatility of the product. Here are a few that caught my eye.

Fredrikson Stallard - Hallingdal table

David Taylor - Darlings

Philippe Madouin - Hardie stools

Ionna Vautrin - Zoo

Katrin Sonnleitner - Cocco

Jean-Baptiste Fastrez - Quetzacoalt


  1. We're beginning a travel trailer remodel next year, this fabric will be PERFECT for what I envisioned for the seating!

    1. Oh, a travel trailer will be so much fun. I bet this fabric would hold up well, since it has a very high Martindale test rating. We've been looking for a travel trailer too, but so far, we haven't found just the right thing.