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Five Lessons From Our Workshop

You don’t have to be a restorer to be interested in restoration and often learning the basics of something will help you understand and appreciate its value. We wanted to take this opportunity to teach our customers about the craftsmanship that goes into our restoration process with five key lessons from our workshop!

Process

What steps go into restoring mid-century furniture?

The steps of restoration vary depending on each piece we work on but a standard process involves:

  1. Hand picking furniture piece
  2. Detailed assessment
  3. Wash
  4. Strip
  5. Joining clamping
  6. Stopping and fine repairs
  7. Upholstery
  8. Colouring
  9. Polishing
  10. Finishing and quality control

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Veneer 

What is a veneer and why was it used in almost all mid-century furniture? 

A veneer is a thin sliver of timber cut along the grain. The ‘cathedral’ is the beautiful arches of the timbers grain which are sought after and often exaggerated across a piece. Because it is cut into such thin slivers a veneer be repeated over one piece to for a uniformed finish.

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Diagram via pinterest

Patina

What is patina and why should anybody care about it? 

Patina is the character which builds on a piece usually through use and the condition which it is kept. Patina is the life and story of a piece in physical form, it should never be dismissed and if possible preserved.

Life

How much life can somebody expect out of a restored mid-century furniture suite? 

All dining suites and sofas are restored and repaired to original specifications which ensures the longest possible lifespan. Natural elements such as leather and upholstery of each piece are more susceptible to wear which is assessed, and possibly replaced in the most sympathetic way and presented in the best possible conditions.

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Maintenance

How do I best maintain my mid-century furniture? 

Because all of the pieces we sell are original mid-century we always recommend regular care. It is both easy and very effective in the long term to look after your furniture. For best results, we recommend that a leather product (used regularly) such a sofa is polished yearly to feed and condition the leather. Dining tables or wooden items used daily can be polished every 3 months and more occasional pieces can be polished once a year. We use Howards and Renapur products in our workshop, and sell both in our retail store.

Photography by Shara Hendersen

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