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 the potential to have positive consequences 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 his new furniture, Lasse continues to work on the restoration of client's special furniture pieces.

Deka Design's workshop, led by Lasse Kinnunen, undertakes small and large restoration and refurbishment projects. We also provide consultation in the viability of restoration and refurbishment for small and large commercial projects. 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 For information on courses, restoration instruction and workshop space hire 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:

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

Restoration of Hans Wegner Heart chairs:



Restoration of a sewing desk with immense sentimental value to the customer. Before and after photos.


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



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:


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