Sunday, 2 December 2012

Hamptons Style

 Who said Rapt! couldn't do 'conventional'? 
Bah to them, and please check out this pair of well-loved antique wing chairs recently transformed into 'Hamptons Chic' by the magic wand. They're now ensconsed back in their Jamberoo home, either side of the fireplace, and ready for another 20 years of peace and quiet (before the next makeover).

Ta-Da!  After

The fabric is Warwick's Antilles 'Atoll'

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hard at work

Miss Snupeson just never lets up in her tireless pursuit of excellence.
Here she is quality testing some flocking removed from an old chair.
"It's a hard job, but someone's gotta do it".

Monday, 19 November 2012

Market Update

Rapt! had its most successful outing yet on Sunday 18th November to the Old Bus Depot Market at Kingston, in Canberra.

Here are a few pics of the day (and yes, that is me on the left, sporting a new do). 

The story of who bought the Storyteller Wingchair (front left of this pic), is a good one which I'll save for another post.
Here's what the 2 little vintage oval ottos in the mid foreground of above pic looked like last week:

There were a few brand new products on the stall which don't show up in these photos, so here are some shots of them back at Bottoms' End before loading. This new upcycled coffee-table-stool, covered in an original Florence Broadhurst design (Ikeda) on pure linen, sold quickly to a lovely girl who told me she already owns this design in not one but 2 t-shirts! I do hope she's going to send me a pic of her sitting on this wearing one.

Next Old Bus Depot Market outing for Rapt! will be January 13th next year. (We've got so much commissioned work to do we're skipping the previously promoted December market.)

The Plank

This recently conceived, designed, made and sold stool all started with a piece of beautiful French linen and a plank of pine. 
Here's the story in pics:

Friday, 16 November 2012

New Wingys Just Flown In!

We've just taken delivery of our first batch of frames from a new maker. While the old ones were great quality, these are even better. Made mostly from Tassie Oak (rather than pine) and dowell-jointed in the important bits (not screwed)... these are built to last for generations.

Here's Miss Snupeson and me - I'm looking happy because she's just given the batch her Lick of Approval.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

the Storyteller Chair

Here's the latest "masterpiece" (?) off the workbench.

Definitely the whackiest wingchair yet - but how perfect for story-telling, or just story-reading, eh?

(See the previous post for the story behind the fabrics used and inspiration for this chair.)

The Storyteller chair is for sale - and is heading off to the Old Bus Depot Market on Sunday 18th November looking for the family that will fall in love with it and want to take it home.

Monday, 29 October 2012


Ever since seeing this image of the now-famous Proust Geometric armchair, I've been looking forward to playing with multi-coloured legs.  The time has now come, and the Wingchair currently on the workbench has already got her important bits done.  Here's a sneak-peak:

And here are the fabrics I'm using. The main one is a vintage Indian Kantha quilt, with the co-ordinating (eh? did I really use that word?) one is a heavy cotton also recently brought back to Oz from India by Bev, at Bev's Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria.

Watch this space!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Pouffy makeover

Just finished the makeover of this sad old pouffy. 
The pictures tell the story.
The fabric chosen by the client is from cloth fabric, and is called Rough Rose. It's printed on a heavy-weight natural hemp.

Thursday, 11 October 2012


Miss Snupeson and I are packing up the truck and heading south to Canberra again this weekend for our 2nd stall at the excellent Old Bus Depot Market at Kingston.
For those of you who've not yet discovered the delights of the Canberra institution, this market is a special treat!  
  • Great atmosphere (live, fun music), 
  • only top-notch crafts (there's a serious application process potential stall-holders must pass),
  • fresh local produce and delicacies,
  • great food, and coffee, on the premises,
  • easy parking,
  • undercover (it's housed in the huge, historic old bus depot),
  • in an interesting area, adjacent to the galleries, old parliament house and next door to the fabulous Canberra Glass Works.
the latest Wingy

Rapt! feels very honoured to be part of all this, and to reward any of our blog followers who visit the stall this weekend, with a 10% discount off anything on the stall (other than wingchairs - sorry!).

Dates we'll be there prior to Christmas are:
  • this Sunday 14th October
  • Sunday 18th November
  • Saturday 8th December
  • Sunday 9th December