Being bespoke furniture makers, we can appreciate the art of seeing potential (whether that be an empty space or an old, tired wardrobe) and turning it into something beautiful. And although our furniture is far from antique, we often design new pieces that need to sit alongside, and compliment a family heirloom or original piece of furniture.
We take a look at some of the UK’s finest craftsmen and women who specialise in antique furniture restoration, and what better way to do so than with some good old ‘before and after’ shots.
Since setting up his London based workshop in 2012, William and his team of craftsmen have worked on a variety of commissions, from much loved family heirlooms, to larger corporate contracts. We love this truly unique restoration of an old aircraft propeller which flies high on our list. Look at that colour!
Based in Kent, with services covering London and the home Counties, Tim has been restoring furniture for over 30 years, recently being selected as one of 6 restoration specialists for BBC’s ‘Restoration Roadshow’. This Early 19th Centruy Burr Elm and Rosewood Side Table was in very poor condition with missing veneer, severe warping to the top and water staining to the polish. The restoration involved carefully removing all the loose veneer, treating the segments individually and re-gluing them before staining the piece back to its former glory.
Working out of his workshop in Southampton, Ian offers a comprehensive restoration, repair and conservation service on all types of modern and antique furniture. He shares his workshop with his wife who takes on all types of framing and frame restoration. This chaise was in very poor condition with frame and cushions falling apart. The old upholstery was removed, the frame repaired, the surface stripped and refinished and then re-upholstered. And it looks good enough to sleep on!
Based in Essex, Clive Beardall has over 35 years of experience in the restoration and conservation of antique furniture from the 17th through to the 20th century. This Early 19th Century Davenport Desk (small desk with an inclined lifting desktop and lots of small compartments and pigeonholes that were often used to house writing implements) was dissected and carefully treated from top to bottom with the addition of a new leather writing panel.
Buckinghamshire based team of craftsmen directed by Garry Grigsby undertaking ‘all manor of antique furniture’ restoration. This late 19th Century Mantel Clock required the gilt bronze mounts to be removed, treated then replaced and engraved where necessary. The difference in colour and clarity is remarkable.
The business is run by Martin Burgoyne who is assisted in their Berkshire workshop by Andrea Marshall, an expert french polisher, and Rachel Cooze. Between them they have over sixty years’ experience of furniture restoration. This beautiful Rosewood box with brass inlay has been given a new lease of life. Heartwood aim to preserve the original finish and only resort to stripping as a last resort.
For over 20 years Geoffrey Warwick have been providing antique furniture restoration, french polishing, cabinet making, bespoke antique dealing and sourcing for clients within the UK, and throughout America and Europe. The entire piece had to be stripped and papered. Small repairs, grain fill, colour and French polish with a final wax finish was applied.
Clive began by making Windsor chairs, which then led to the restoration of original Windsor chairs. This eventually led to Clive expand his services to cover all manner of furniture restoration. This Late 18th century yew and elm Windsor chair was sent over from America in bits and pieces. Amazing to think the end result is the same chair.
Furniture restorers, we salute you!