SEC­OND TIME AROUND

TAKE A SEAT: CHAIR­LOOM BRINGS ITS UP­SCALE, UP­CY­CLED FUR­NISH­INGS TO KEN­NETT SQUARE.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY VERON­ICA SHELLEY

Take a seat: Chair­loom brings its up­scale, up­cy­cled fur­nish­ings to Ken­nett Square.

Imag­ine be­ing able to give your fa­vorite fur­ni­ture a sec­ond life—a cooler, more con­tem­po­rary life. Molly An­drews Burke, owner and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Chair­loom, does just that. “What makes a piece of fur­ni­ture per­fect for re­uphol­ster­ing is good bones,” says Burke. “It has to have a good qual­ity frame and fea­ture an in­ter­est­ing shape.” The fur­ni­ture guru works with an ar­ray of tex­tiles (think Utopia Goods, Katie Rid­der, Eskayel, and more) to re­pur­pose so­fas, ta­bles, porch swings, ot­tomans, and, her fa­vorite, chairs. “I love when peo­ple bring us a tex­tile from a for­eign coun­try, or a fam­ily heir­loom with an in­ter­est­ing his­tory.”

Chair­loom has a lot to cel­e­brate. Last Septem­ber, they opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion (the orig­i­nal is in Ard­more) at Works, Ken­nett Square’s new life­style co-op shop. “Ken­nett has helped us achieve a pop-up shop away from home, and now al­lows us to brand a sec­ond space to have a life of its own,” says Burke. The Chair­loom team is col­lab­o­rat­ing with House of Hack­ney, a Lon­don-based tex­tile com­pany, on a vin­tage and cus­tom fur­ni­ture dis­play at Bergdorf Good­man in March. Says Burke, “We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing what doors open now that we will be mak­ing more of our own vin­tagein­spired pieces.” 432 S. Wal­nut St., Ken­nett Square, 484-732-8586; chair­loom.com

“I LOVE WHEN PEO­PLE BRING US A TEX­TILE FROM A FOR­EIGN COUN­TRY OR A FAM­ILY HEIR­LOOM WITH AN IN­TER­EST­ING HIS­TORY.” — MOLLY AN­DREWS BURKE

Chair­loom joins a host of other high- end names in fash­ion, home dé­cor, and vin­tage pieces at Ken­nett Square’s new one- stop shop, Works.

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