Restoration of mid-century vintage furniture is a little different from that of other, earlier eras of furniture. Mid-century furniture was made in a time of mass production and simplified design, consequently the restoration of these pieces is very different to that of 19th century antiques.
Mid-century furniture used extensively veneer on chipboard for cabinet construction, mostly teak but occasionally oak and sometimes rosewood, with solid timber being used for table legs and chairs (but not always). The methods of manufacture vary greatly to those of earlier eras employing new and efficient construction methods, glues and finishes.
Many furniture restorers deal primarily with genuine antiques and will not be as well versed in the construction methods and finishes used in mid-century furniture. Whilst we love the mid-century style and ethos, by its very nature we also understand that not all of it is rare, although certainly there are some pieces that require very careful conservation others just need a little love and attention to bring them back to life.
I wanted to be a...
Eight years ago in London I chose to undertake a new career in furniture and have never looked back, well maybe once or twice but only to appreciate the decision.
My experience in furniture ranges from fine hand-cut dovetails, hand-laid and pressed veneer work, to the world of steam bending solid timber, cabinet-making, CNC manufacturing, restoration and everything else in-between.
I'm fortunate to have been a part of two highly regarded courses in furniture making and design, the City & Guilds cabinet-making (London) and the Diploma of Arts in Furniture Design (Melbourne). Under the tuteledge of some great furniture makers I have steadily built a strong knowledge and understaing of timber, furniture making and restoration.