Lecture 009.014

’GLOBE CHAIR’, ADHESION AND COHESION: AN INTERIOR PROBLEM
BY DANA MELCHAR, NIGEL BAMFORTH

In preparation for the exhibition: ‘Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970’ at the V&A, a significant treatment addressing the sagging upholstery of the museum’s iconic Globe Chair, designed by Eero Aarnio, was undertaken by the Furniture Conservation Department. With the contribution of colleagues both at the V&A and other institutions, it was decided to consolidate the foam and apply a thermo plastic adhesive to the textile to treat the sagging upholstery. This article discusses the treatment process.

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