Last week we finished a long-form project for our workshop, upholstering a Citterio Amoenus in patchworked full-grain black pebbled calf. The original cover was torn; our (temporary) solution was to drape it in paneled dropcloth, accidentally creating seams that curved along the back and bisected the seat. After living with these curves for nearly three years we decided to recreate them in our final design. We included a vintage workwear zipper along the center back and hidden zippers under the arms for ease in future repairs and cleaning.

In the absence of an original pattern to follow, we draped the entire couch in muslin and trued on paper to create a pattern from scratch.

The patchwork panel in the center takes inspiration from an 1920/1 appliquéd curtain created by Dörte Helm for the Sommerfeld House, a Bauhaus residence commissioned to utilize salvaged battleship lumber. Walter Gropius utilized second year students from various workshops to fulfill this commission / the residence, including Helm who later joined the Weaving Workshop in 1923.

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Photos by Eric Mayes