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Furniture restoration and upholstery classes December 22 2018

Bring your own furniture item to our furniture restoration and upholstery classes and learn how to re-upholster, restore and repair from master craftspeople Lasse and Helena Kinnunen. 

We are holding the classes at our Burleigh Heads workshop on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 12 January and 18 April 2019. For more information visit our course page or contact Helena on (07) 33965850 or to discuss further.


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.

Fiskars 2015 August 11 2015

Fiskars Village is home and workplace to many artists, craftspeople and designers. The summer months are busy with many exhibitions and events featuring the work of the locals that attract visitors from around Finland and further abroad. This year's exhibition WE LOVE WOODS features local craftspeople and designers collaborating with timber to make beautiful furniture and objects. Fiskars also hosts other interesting happenings such as the recent British car gathering where about 300 cars made their pitstop at Fiskars for the day, with live music, markets and food bringing the locals together to enjoy the beautiful summer day. 



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.


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

Summer/autumn season furniture restoration and upholstery courses January 21 2014

Deka Design's School of Furniture has now scheduled all the restoration and upholstery courses for this summer/autumn season, January - April.

In addition to the first course running Saturdays from 25th January, we now have courses running on either Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays during February, March and April. These have been designed to give students access at times that suit them better during the week. The student may chose between 10 x 3-hour sessions or 6 x 3-hour sessions depending on the scale of their project. For more information visit our courses page.

The School of Furniture will take a break from courses during May - August 2014 so the next restoration and upholstery courses for 2014 will run in the spring season beginning September.

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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Furniture restoration and upholstery course June 18 2013


Enrolments are now open for our Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Course, to be held by master craftsman Lasse Kinnunen in September 2013. This short course will run at our Wynnum workshop over three consecutive Saturdays (9am - 4pm) starting on 21st September. It is perfect for participants who would like to restore a timber dining table, re-web and re-upholster a chair or repair a damaged treasured antique or heirloom!

More information here or email us for a brochure and an enrolment form.

Chair restoration January 23 2013

The workshop has just begun restoration on chairs from a medical clinic. These are our Markus chairs which have been in service for over 10 years, and being in a high traffic area they have already been re-upholstered before. This time they will undergo a complete restoration which includes timber restoration, rewebbing and re-upholstery to make them like new. First step is to strip them down, and yes, people really do dispose of their chewing gum on the underside of the seats...

before before 

before stripping