Fabric artist Suzanne Meyer-Pistorius of Blu Girl Art, Springfield, Mass., describes her unique chair designs simply: “The only thing all of the chairs in our constantly changing collection have in common is … they have a past.” Her one-of-a-kind chair designs consist of antique or vintage chair frames that are repaired, refinished and re-upholstered with Meyer-Pistorius’s custom-made fabrics and digital prints. The colorful results grabbed the attention of House Beautiful magazine’s former editor and the Boston Design Center, among others.
Meyer-Pistorius uses a variety of hemp fabrics, which are both environmentally sustainable and durable, to create her chair designs. Finished chairs are treated with VECTRA, an eco-friendly, nontoxic natural fiber fabric protector that causes no dimensional, color or texture change but increases durability. Blu Girl Art also features other hand-painted fabrics and prints, and businesses taking note and purchasing designs include Banana Republic, Chico’s (for clothing) and Lifetime Brands (for dinnerware). Meet a chair with a past at the Blu Girl Art website.