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"A lot of times when you look at a piece in a museum, the identification placard will say that it is, perhaps, a Saarinen chair, but it doesn't identify the textile on it," Makovsky says. "Some museums also see nothing wrong with reupholstering a chair on

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Originally appeared in Behind the Scenes: Knoll Textiles
on May 26, 2011
"A lot of times when you look at a piece in a museum, the identification placard will say that it is, perhaps, a Saarinen chair, but it doesn't identify the textile on it," Makovsky says. "Some museums also see nothing wrong with reupholstering a chair on
"A lot of times when you look at a piece in a museum, the identification placard will say that it is, perhaps, a Saarinen chair, but it doesn't identify the textile on it," Makovsky says. "Some museums also see nothing wrong with reupholstering a chair on exhibit. We were looking at pictures and in databases trying to find out what textiles were on the pieces in the collections and determining if they were original or not." Shown here is Ettore Sottsass's Eastside lounge chair upholstered in Romanie fabric by Jhane Barnes.

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