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Chair Affair 2015 – Cori Halpern Interiors

Chair Affair 2015 - Cori Halpern Interiors

Cori Halpern Interiors


“These are a few of my favourite things….”

That is what I kept in mind as inspiration for transforming my chair for The Furniture Bank Event, The Chair Affair 2015.

The theme this year is “From my home to yours” – a pretty broad theme. So that’s how I interpreted it – selecting all of the things that I personally love and showcasing them all together in one uniquely designed chair.

I started with a stunning chair. It is a perfect example of a classic Mid-Century Modern armchair. Great lines, great bones, and a timeless shape.

As a Designer, it is actually quite difficult to narrow my favourites down to just a few fabrics… Fabrics are what I am drawn to, what I love, so selecting was not going to be an easy task for me!

I began with the glorious green velvet – that combined 2 of my favourite things, my absolute favourite colour and also a favourite texture. I adore velvet!! I have also always loved classic designs and graphic prints, so by using both the bold black and white lattice print and then also a wee bit of the black and white Chinoiserie toile, even just as a toss cushion, I got the best of both.


I wanted to showcase the brilliant colour against the graphic black and white geometric of the lattice, contrasting each other and allowing each fabric to shine.

And just to add a bit of life, I had to have the Chinoiserie print and the tiny Pirko dots, both trimmed in a sexy black patent leather, as toss cushions. They are both so fun and make me happy….

For me, this look was classic, bold, modern, fun, and a bit cheeky – all in one fabulous chair.

In fact, the biggest compliment that I received about this chair is when a friend said, “It looks just like you….”



For that, I have to thank my friends at Regency Upholstery and Drapes & More who did such spectacular work, and brought my ideas to life.

I truly had so much fun working on this chair, and I am both honoured and excited to be a part of The Chair Affair 2015. It’s going to be an amazing event!

Designer Cori Halpern BAAID, NCIDQ

Please join me at this years Furniture Bank’s annual auction gala and fundraiser come meet prominent artists and designers who redesigned and repurposed old chairs for auction. I’ve created a chair along with 40 of my talented peers . I hope you’ll come to the event and perhaps even take home my chair.

The event takes place October 30th at The International Centre and tickets are on sale now for all details