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 Child Side Chair measures 13.5" wide and 10" 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. The canvas helps protect the pad from wear and tear gainst the wire seat. A single black nylon strap with velcro closures is located on the underside of the pad. This strap allows a user to securely fasten the pad to the wire chair.
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
"In stock" lead time is 5-7 business days. "Material on hand" orders require 1 week for fabrication plus delivery, 2 weeks total. "Custom" orders require extra lead time to procure materials, allow up to 4 weeks total turn around time. No returns on custom orders. *NA = Currently not available.
Please note, we do not sell chairs. We only sell upholstery. All prices are for upholstery only.