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Basel project July 22 2018

We have been working with our client over a period of time to supply custom furniture for their home in Basel, Switzerland. So far, the living and dining areas feature the Pietari table and credenza, with custom benches and dining chairs. 

The high polished finish and hand-crafted stainless steel detail by Lasse stand out as enduring features of our work.

Designed and manufactured by Helena and Lasse Kinnunen. 

Pietari table with custom bench and dining chair

Living room features the Pietari credenza

Pietari dining chair with its timber detail

Furniture upholstery mentorship July 24 2016

Deka Design has been happily involved in mentoring Bec Barnett in furniture upholstery. Over seven months Bec has undertaken one-on-one mentoring from Lasse and Helena, developing her proficiency in upholstery and learning new upholstery sewing skills and restoration.

Image: Chenoa Pettrup

Bec has had previous training upholstery training, however she needed to strengthen those skills and develop new ones in furniture repair and upholstery sewing. For her, this was also an opportunity to learn more about the business of furniture craft and about local material suppliers.

Image: Chenoa Pettrup

Bec is a designer, researcher and teacher, and part of Relative Creative, a consultancy offering cross-disciplinary design services based on redirecting design towards sustainable futures. She is utilising her knowledge of upholstery in her research in cultures of repair, and in her teaching in the design program at Griffith University Queensland College of Art. For her recent design studio course students were tasked with tackling the "wicked problem" of waste through a hands-on furniture restoration project. The great work of the students was exhibited at the Asia Pacific Design Library at State Library of Queensland as "Repair and repurpose: using waste as a standing reserve".

It's not just the rewards for the mentoree in mentoring that are significant, but also what it means to the mentor. Lasse and Helena have dedicated their lives to this craft profession, and are happy to share their expertise, and see the positive impacts as people learn new craft skills and knowledge. There is a lack of local opportunities to formally learn furniture craft skills, and we think this is a barrier for many who are interested in furniture making either as a profession or as a rewarding hobby. We provide courses and mentoring for all levels, from basic to advanced in furniture making, restoration and upholstery.

This mentorship was part of the Power Up Your Arts Mentorship Program, supported by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund and Gold Coast City Council. We thank them and Bec for the opportunity to be involved in this project.

Deka Studio in Fiskars Finland 2016 June 13 2016

Our studio in Fiskars, Finland is open for the European summer in 2016. We have a selection of our furniture and accessories on display and for sale. We also custom design and manufacture furniture and provide re-upholstery and restoration services. 

Järnvikintie 14, 10470 Fiskars.

Opening times:
10 - 30 June 2016 - by appointment 
1 - 31 July 2016 - open every day 11am - 5pm
1 - 31 August 2016 - by appointment

Please enquire to Helena and Lasse:
tel  +358 (0)465 456 339 (10 June - 10 September only)

Loose covers for furniture February 09 2016

For as long as Helena and Lasse have been making sofas, we've also been making removable loose covers. They are a practical alternative, and can be a great complement, to fully upholstered furniture. Each one of our sofa designs and many of our chairs, suit a loose cover, so by choosing a loose cover either when purchasing new, or when re-upholstering, many years will be added to the life of your furniture. So, it is surprising for us that many people don't consider seriously when purchasing a new furniture piece. With our loose covers, you will have a fully upholstered sofa frame underneath the loose cover, so that when the covers are removed for cleaning, you can still use your sofa.

See our Special Promotion for February 2016 for our Mika sofa and modular with loose covers!

As seen in these images of our Mika modular, Helena's skills in pattern making and sewing makes the loose cover so tailored that it is hardly recognisable as a loose cover.


Our Fuji sofa with loose cover:

As well as for sofas and armchairs, loose covers are also suitable for dining chairs. Here's our Markus chair with and without a loose cover.

For this furniture we chose the Marimekko upholstery fabrics which are great for washing. In fact, these been in use for many years and the loose covers have been machine washed several times. There are many other fabrics available which are either drycleanable or washable. 

Ottomans can also be made so that they have a loose cover for washing. 

To enquire about loose covers, please contact Helena on .

Enrolments open for summer 2016 courses January 18 2016

We have opened enrolments for the 2016 summer season. Courses include Introductory Furniture Restoration, Intermediate Upholstery, and extended 10 weeks Chair Making Course and Woodworker's Workbench Making Courses.

For more information visit the School of Furniture.

Enrolments open for spring 2015 furniture restoration and upholstery courses July 05 2015

We have opened enrolments for our spring 2015 season of furniture restoration and upholstery courses. With the first commencing early October, these courses run over four consecutive Saturdays. For more information visit our School of Furniture webpage

Suitable for beginner to intermediate level, these hands-on courses will teach you how to strip, repair, finish and upholster a small piece of furniture. Courses are run by Lasse Kinnunen and Helena Kinnunen.


Fiskars summer store May 02 2015

Helena and Lasse will be opening our Fiskars summer store early May. Fiskars is a beautiful artisan village in southern Finland, a vibrant hub of creativity with many craftspeople, designers and artists. The summer store at the 'Toriliiteri' will include some pieces from our classic deka collection as well as a few newly launched pieces, including Lasse's new cabinet Oksa.


New Zamu chair and Lasse's Oksa cabinet.


Deka Studio Finland pop-up shop now open! June 13 2014

We are now open in Finland with our Deka Studio summer pop-up shop in the gorgeous Fiskars Village!

From June - August 2014 we will be there selling our furniture and accessories. Visit us at:
Deka Studio
Peltorivi 6, 10470 Fiskars
t +358 (0)465 241 090  e 




January restoration and upholstery course photos February 28 2014

The students of the January course completed their projects beautifully! Each project needed a full strip down and structural repair. Old webbings and waddings were replaced, surface finishes were applied, fabrics were selected, new cushions made and upholstery completed.  Here are a few before and after photos.

Children's chair before and after

Lounge chair before and after

Lounge chair before and after

Restoration and upholstery course starting January 25th January 13 2014

The next furniture restoration and upholstery course will commence January 25th 2014. It will run over five consecutive Saturdays.

For more information click here or to enrol email

Restoration course - fruits of labour November 12 2013

A few images from our restoration courses showing the hard work of our participants.

Mid-century chairs are proving popular restoration projects as many of them are still in good structural condition, and they provide a good working platform to learn the basics of timber and upholstery restoration.


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Kantti chair available in Europe July 23 2013

Our Kantti chair is now available in Europe! It is manufactured in Finland by our friends at Koivusipila for the Finnish and European market. The chair will sit alongside other beautifully crafted timber furniture by designers such as Mikko Merz, Petri Koivusipila and Veera Sievanen all manufactured by this artisan furniture maker.  Petri Koivusipila's company is in the picturesque Fiskars Village in Southern Finland, home to over 100 working artists, craftspeople and designers across many disciplines.
The Kantti chair will be available in a selection of sustainably sourced Finnish and European timbers including oak, ash and birch.


Hightide Book June 23 2013

The work of Deka Design is included in Hightide - a new book by Jason Bird featuring a decade of Queensland design. Lasse's classic Antero chair, Helena's cheeky i...stool and our newest timber furniture collection Kantti are featured alongside other local designers such as Christina Waterson, Kent Gration and KT Doyle. Hightide is available to purchase through the website.

(Image courtesy Hightide)

QUT Furniture Course exhibition April 22 2013

An exhibition of works by the designers who participated in the QUT furniture short course is on display 18th - 22 April 2013 at the QUT Garden's Theatre foyer.


Congratulations to all the participants - Leona Tejcek, Celine Caron, Jill Franz, Phil Bugden and Jennifer Hudson - for the beautiful furniture pieces created during this course.




The process of designing and making at the QUT studio and workshop...



A great collaboration with Paul Morris, Lasse Kinnunen and QUT's Michael Molloy, Philip Mergard and Simon Belton. For more information about future professional development courses in furniture design and making, please visit the QUT website.





Blast from the past #2 April 22 2013

Queensland Homes 1992 featured the Hamilton Island holiday home of ex-Beatle George Harrison. Sofa by Helena and Lasse. Architecture by Roger Parkin.

Blast from the past #1 April 03 2013

House and Garden cover 1984, featuring one of the hundreds of sofas made by Helena and Lasse. This one is in the display apartment for the newly constructed Bayview Harbour on the Gold Coast. In those early days of Gold Coast development, display apartments were seen as an investment so budgets were substantial enough to allow for high quality furniture and furnishings.


welcome to Deka Design's website and online store! January 02 2013

We have launched this new website with online store to allow customers to view and purchase some of our products easily. We are selecting items from our large range that are easy to ship, and are showing them in their standard finishes, but if you are looking for a particular finish, please  enquire about our options available for timbers, plywoods, fabrics and finishes. Also, many of our products can be custom sized. We will also keep the blog up to date with the latest projects that the workshop is working on and events.

We will have it fully up and running by end Janurary 2013 so please be patient in the mean time as we adjust and add...