Cushions

MPF Conservation restores, conserves, and preserves upholstered objects in their studio in Portland Oregon; this page documents cushions. Some are placed within upholstered objects, and some are in windowseats or built-in bench seats.

Cushions include the following:

  • Fiber-filled squabs
  • Spring fiber and cotton filled cushions
  • Modern latex and cotton filled cushions
  • Down-filled Cushions
  • Foam Cushions
  • Spring-filled Cushions
  • Bolsters

All the items below are created with cleaning in mind. Hidden zippers with interior muslin tickings make it easy to remove the decorative covers and take them to a good dry cleaners. Leather cushions are fitted with a fabric back panel to allow air to escape when they are sat or rested upon.

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Fiber-filled Squab

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Note add spun synthetic hair

Down-filled Cushions

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Our clients were tall and wanted a single long down sofa seat for their mountain top home.

Details:

  • The frame was six quarter Eastern hard maple frame, double-doweled and corner blocked joinery.
  • Coil-spring base with ®Ultracell and cotton-batting fillers over jute webbing and canvas foundations.
  • Goose down seat cushion
  • Pre-washed chenille showcover

Foam Cushions

Note: Polyurathane foams, ultracell foam, latex rubber

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Spring-filled Cushions

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Cushions for a Modern Arts & Crafts Settle, 2005

In our client’s new ranch house, their modern settle and matching chair needed new cushions. They chose a heavy, period appropriate tapestry from _________!

Cushions, Bolsters and Pillows for Window-seats, 2010

Our clients had sofas they loved. They moved into a new home with a large game room and two window seats, and these needed cushions. The cushion requirements were they had to be able to take grand-kids roughhousing. MPFC found a good match in fabric to the sofas, and created fitted cushions for window-boxes. Bolsters and pillows were also created to match the sofa.

Details:

  • Seat cushions were ®Ultracell HR wrapped in cotton batting
  • Muslin envelopes
  • Bolsters were spun synthetic wool inside a percale envelope
  • Fabrics:

Attorney’s Office, 2005

This attorney had another life as a woodworker; he created the conference table, chairs and settle for his offices. He came to us to create back and seat cushions. In the first image note the fabric inset back to allow for air to escape. Note, they are a rich burgundy.

Details:

  • Seat cushions ®Ultracell-HR with cotton wrap inside muslin liners
  • Back cushions are 50/50 white goose down set into 400 ct cotton pocket-style envelopes

Cushions for a Modern Stickley Set, 2013.

A new home on the coast meant an upgrade for a modern Stickley set. MPFC created rich brown leather cushions with fabric inset, detail below. The settles were also upholstered for the cushions crowns to rest into a depression crafted into the frames seat deck.

Details:

  • ®Ultracell cushions with spun synthetic wool batting uncased in muslin
  • Showcover leather by

Cushions and Pillows for a
Balinese Table’s Bench and Chairs

Our client had a dilemma in that her family members heights were both very tall, and very short. We used cushions to make the benches comfortable for long dinner meals, but the slender pillow toppers were created partly so that they could be flipped up to lean into, or down to add height to the chairs and bench seat.

Note the long bench seat also has pillows on top of the long cushion, to allow for seating on a bench to allow individuals to have the same options for comfort as someone sitting in a chair.

Matching table runners were made with different fabric sides so our client could change her mind with her mood. Dry clean only.

Details:

  • Firm latex and cotton cores for the bottom cushions
  • Bottom cushion showcover is
  • Top pillows ®Ultracell cores with woolen batting surrounds uncased in percale muslin envelope
  • Pillows showcover is

Above, layers of pillows and a cushion on the chairs,
below, bench cushions with pillows, and also shown, matching runners.

Gordon House Eight Cushions for Library Bench Seat circa 1957-1964.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home for Evelyn and Ed Gordon in 1957. It was originally located near Wilsonville, Oregon, but was moved near Silverton, Oregon in 2001.

Wright died in 1959, but the house was completed to his specifications. He designed the furnishings, as he often did.

The built-in library cushions were original to the home, and so they also needed to be preserved. In the USA, we have very little in the way of original upholstery except fragments, and MPFC applaud the Gordon House for preserving the original fabric chosen by an architect whose attention to every detail in his buildings is legendary. Repairs were done to the original orange-red bouclé, and new cushion stuffing was installed as the original was breaking down (see photo).

Details:

  • Fresh latex slabs were laminated over the historic latex core after MPFC excavated portions of the degraded latex elevations which had turned to crumbs.
  • Cotton muslin internal cushions ere crafted and the cushion cores were wrapped in a thin sheet of cotton batting.
  • Muslin tickings
  • Historic showcover was rewoven (repaired) and cushion cores were set into the historic cushions

Pets

We have made cushions for people who are devoted pet owners to make their pets comfortable while giving the owners a place to train them in order to keep their messy hairs off the people furniture, below. (Cushions were made for their favorite chair and footrest too.)

Details:

  • ®Ultracell cushions with polyester wrap
  • Showcover