Furniture restoration

The value of the restoration of an object cannot be measured simply in economic terms, rather in its implication in the social and cultural fabric of our lives. In this consumer driven world, the act of sustaining an object has many positive impacts on our material culture.

The restoration of valuable furniture - antiques, classic and contemporary - requires the highest level of commitment to the understanding of traditional techniques and quality craftsmanship. Lasse Kinnunen's furniture career began over forty years ago, in his father's furniture company in Finland, where he developed valuable traditional furniture making and restoration skills. Today, in addition to producing new furniture, Lasse and Helena continue to work on the restoration of antiques and other special furniture pieces.

We undertake small and large restoration projects, and provide consultation in assessing the viability of restoration and refurbishment for commercial projects and heritage buildings. Our expertise is in timber restoration, re-upholstery, and restoration of steel and other metal furniture.

For more information on the restoration, re-upholstery and refurbishment of quality furniture pieces, please contact Deka Design at We also love to see people developing skills in furniture restoration so for information on our restoration and re-upholstery courses that we offer through our School of Furniture please visit our School of Furniture page.

Our restoration projects have included:
Restoration of antiques including Gustav era antique chairs c. 1700's:

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(Lasse in Finland c. 1970's!)

Refurbishment and modification of furniture in Eliel Saarinen designed Marble Palace
(Marmoripalatsi) in Helsinki. This required some work as some of the pieces,
such as this sofa had been modified somewhere along the way, and since the
building had heritage significance and was being restored, Lasse was asked to
restore the furniture pieces to their original configuration. 

Re-upholstery of grandmother and grandfather chairs:
Before and after of Ilmari Tapiovaara chairs and table restoration:
Restoration of mid-century Scandinavian furniture including Hans Wegner:

Leather chair re-upholstery:

Restoration of Hans Wegner Heart chairs:



Restoration of a sewing desk that had sentimental value. Before and after.


Restoration and re-upholstery of our Markus chairs after 10 years of service
in a medical suite waiting area. Before and after.



Restoration of a late 19th century antique solid timber tilt-top table with drop leaves. This table had been in storage and exposed to the elements so it was in terrible condition. The veneer on the top edging and base had peeled away and the tilt and drop mechanisms were damaged. Lasse restored it by matching and replacing the veneers, repairing the structural damage and restoring the solid timber.

Before restoration:


After restoration:


Plus many others such as:
Re-upholstery of Italian B&B lounge suites;
Replacement of seat webbing and restoration of Alvar Aalto Artek chairs;
Restoration of furniture in Helsinki's Torni hotel and Palace restaurant;
Restoration of furniture in restaurants, bars and hotels in Queensland;
Restoration and re-upholstery of furniture in medical suites and offices;
Modification of chairs including adding arms; and
Restoration of timber veneer on desks, tables and cabinets.