The Charitable Chair project in Utah will be taking place once more, with proceeds going towards helping local pupils.
Students taking part in the interior design programme of Weber State University will each restore an antique chair or chairs with some historical significance. The finished seats will be auctioned on the 10th of April at Davis campus, with proceeds benefiting the design programme at the university, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Weber-Davis.
This will be the third year of the Charitable Chair Event, with many seats being expected to be restored. During the event’s first year, 15 chairs were repaired to their original state, with the target doubling to 30 items for this year.
The amount raised during last year’s auction came to $6,000 (£3,600), with more hoped for the 2014 event.
According to the head of the interior design programme, Kristin Arnold, the project helps students to learn how to recognise good quality furniture and the skills necessary to restore them to their original condition.
The project has also enabled the students to work with design professionals, learn time management and the process of creative collaboration.
Restoration of antique furniture is a specialised area of expertise. When purchasing such pieces, it is advisable to trade with reputable antiques dealers who have the required knowhow. For those who do not want to purchase at auction, collectors can find a large range of items, such as antique dining chairs or antique sofas, in Preston, Lancashire.
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