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new seat for a stylish old ride | part 3

June 13, 2009



This is the third and final post of the “new seat for stylish old ride” design mini series.  It’s been quite a fun little project.  If you missed parts 1 & 2 you can see them here and here.

So the custom bench is now finished and in full use. yay! As I mentioned before. My friend Matt decided on sketch #1. The concept behind the design was to incorporate Matt’s initials (MMW) into the bench in way that correlated with the aesthetic and detailing of the truck itself and was easy to fabricate.  I chose to use the chevron form (visible on the hood and sides of the truck) to create somewhat of a double M  that when strung together form a W.


The colors selected by Matt were two shades of gray.  The idea was to have the M / W graphic to be in the darker gray and the rest of the bench to be a lighter gray.  Here are some pictures of the finished bench.  




All in all I think it turned out great!  I would have liked to see a bit more contrast between the two grays and some double stitching to emphasize the M/W form, but overall I think the upholsterer did a great job interpreting the design from the sketch.  As I mentioned in part 2, the upholsterer Matt decided to use [Javier, at a Bill Dunn’s Auto Upholstery] interprets/stitches his work by hand.

Here’s a picture of Matt with his awesome Powerwagon looking pensive, yet satisfied. (He’s also in the first picture but inside the cab).  I just love the images of the truck in front of the beautiful graffiti.




6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2009 7:04 pm

    Wow, this is great. I love way this looks in the truck. Great pics of truck, owner and new seat. Nicely done! I’m going to re-tweet so others can enjoy, too.

  2. June 13, 2009 7:07 pm

    Very nicely done!

  3. June 15, 2009 10:30 am

    This came out great, Chris! Sounds like it was a fun and unique project.

  4. June 15, 2009 11:06 am

    Thanks for the comments guys! It was a fun, quick project 🙂 (those are the best)

  5. June 18, 2009 3:02 pm

    Sorry I missed this last week; I have thought about this more than once since it started—so great 🙂

    The pic of Matt in front of his truck with the graffiti is priceless. How fun !!

  6. suebabes permalink
    July 18, 2009 11:00 pm

    Slick! I love that you do these unusual projects. Keeps us all thinking about making design/art part of everyday life.

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