urban barn: custom ‘chair’ity competition

I am thrilled to share with you a little competition of sorts. Urban Barn has enlisted the help of five designers across Canada to customize a chair to be voted on and auctioned off with proceeds towards a charity of our choice. I am so pleased and excited to be part of this. On March 8th, I’ll also be hosting an event at the Westhills location of Urban Barn. If you’re in Calgary, I hope you’ll join me to learn more about the custom options Urban Barn offers through their upholstery line and a chance to ask any questions you might have. Your participation is greatly appreciated by voting for my chair!

We had a choice between three options: It was an easy one for me. I could see subtle details showing off the classic lines of the chair far left, and creating a modern with a twist feel. My goal was to create a chair able to fit into a modern, classic or traditional home. Colour is an important part of my designs so equally important here. I wanted to capture the essence of creating a custom piece showing how details make a difference.

It can be somewhat daunting when faced with a rack of fabric options as you see here. Urban Barn has their fabrics grouped according to colour, an easy way to narrow down the options quickly. Now for the legs. This is one of five pages of leg options. Who knew there were so many?!
I changed the leg style and also the finish selecting a light maple leg rather than a dark wood. Time for a change!

The finishing details…

Et voila! The final result:

Place your vote here! Would be thrilled if you voted for mine :)

The chair will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Neo Natal ICU at the Rockyview General Hospital. Hope to see you next Thursday March 8th for the in-store event! Space is limited. Details here.

Nyla Free Designs is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through Design in a Box.


Comments 3

  1. Looks incredible! Great choices.. Very nicely done!

  2. I think your chair is marvelous! I love the light wood legs, gold tacking and the retro feel that the orange upholstery and slightly darker piping lend to the piece. It’s got a cool Mad-Men sort of vibe! Great job, Nyla, and for such a wonderful cause.

  3. Love your chair Nyla. The nailhead detailing, contrast piping and light legs are a fantastic combination. I would love to see this chair in a den.


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