The original 1950s Bertoia wire chairs used upholstery made from a plastic wonder material lovingly referred to as "pleather", a name derived from plastic leather. Developed in 1936 by the U.S. Rubber Company (later renamed Uniroyal) it was the first of many artificial leather products to be marketed as alternatives to cowhide upholstery. In fact, the name "Naugahyde" comes from the town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, where it was first produced. We use an eco-friendly version of this "pleather" material manufactured by Willowtex. They call it "IZIT Leather" and it is a modern wonder material in it's own right; inherently resistant to moisture, ultraviolet rays, and excessive hot and cold temperature variations. That means It is suitable for outdoor use and exposure to weather, in fact, one of Willowtex's primary markets is the yachting industry where the upholstery is exposed to wind and rain on a daily basis.
The "seat-only" pad for the Bird Chair measures 29" wide and 19" front to back. It covers the seat portion of the chair. Each pad is made with a 1/2" thick extra-firm foam pad with a premium-quality textile of your choosing on the top upholstered surface and a tough black canvas on the bottom surface that helps protect the pad from wear and tear against the wire seat. An attachment wire with hooks on either end runs through the front of the pad and a single black nylon strap with a velcro closure is located at the back of the pad. These two fasteners allow a user to securely fasten the pad to the wire chair. The wire runs inside the front edge of the pad and hooks to the wires on the bottom of the chair (you can't see the attachment unless you look underneath).
The "full cover" for the Bird Chair is not currently offered on this website. Only Knoll has the specialized equipment to properly adhere the shaped upholstery to the foam shell.
The "ottoman" for the Bird Chair measures 16" wide and 26" long. It includes a monofilament cable with hooks on either end to secure the pad to the wires of the ottoman. The wire runs inside the bottom edge of the pad and hooks to the wires on the bottom of the ottoman (you can't see the attachment unless you look underneath).
Recycled polyester backing with a polyurethane topcoat.
Maintenance: Clean with mild soap and water.
IZIT Leather does not use solvent chemicals (VOCs) or ozone depleting chemicals (ODCs).
Location of Manufacture: Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA
Lead time: We are much faster than our competitors but all of our upholstery is still made to order and that takes about 1-2 weeks depending on when you place your order and how busy our shop is with other work. We do have 'quick ship' material on hand for our most popular options like black vinyl but be advised that the lead time for most orders is still 7 business days to fabricate plus shipping time via USPS which is usually another 2-3 days. Please allow up to 15 days for leather and custom orders: a custom order means we don't have the material you selected in stock and have to order it before we can start to fabricate. Allow up to 3 weeks for full-cover upholstery orders. Note: Not all of our upholstery options are available for all chair types, if that is the case it will be noted NA. NA = Currently not available.
Please note, we do not sell chairs. We only sell upholstery. All prices are for upholstery only.