The origin of deep buttoning or capitonné, as it’s also known, dates as far back as the late 19th Century.
capitonné (adj.) Designating or characterized by a style of upholstery or embroidery in which the material is drawn in at intervals to present a quilted appearance.
Deep buttoning is a time-consuming process, but the effort is justified once you witness the spectacular end result! Producing a product that embodies elegance and tradition. The process of deep buttoning consists of buttons being pulled into deep filled upholstery and fastening or stitching them from the back under tension.
The buttons are pulled through at regular intervals and usually arranged in a diamond pattern.
This intricate process requires an experienced and highly skilled upholsterer.
The process of deep buttoning consists of different elements for example positioning, tension and button depth, making it a rather tricky procedure.
We are extremely privileged to have a team of talented artisans at our factory, each equipped with specialised manufacturing skills.
Enoch is not only a member of our production team, but also our go-to man when it comes to anything that has to do with deep buttoning!
He recently took some time out of his busy schedule to share with us how he became a master at deep buttoning.
Q: How long have you been working for Incanda?
A: I have been a part of the Incanda team for almost 10 years now.
Q: Where did you learn to master the art of deep buttoning?
A: I started to learn how to do upholstery as a young boy when I was still living in Zimbabwe. This was around 1995. As time passed and I mastered the basics, I moved on to the more challenging art of deep buttoning.
Q: How long does it take to do the buttons of a Chesterfield couch?
A: It obviously depends on the size of the couch, but I would say around one and a half days.
Q: What is the most difficult part of the process?
A: The folding part.
(The folding process is one that requires patience and accuracy. The deeply pulled buttons creates tension on the fabric around it which in turn needs to be folded precisely and accurately to create a symmetrical and finished final product.)
Q: What do you love most about working at Incanda?
A: At Incanda we are like a family and we work as a team!
Q: How many units of furniture do you get to deep button on a weekly basis?
A: On average around 3 per week.