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Deka Design

Sofa and armchair restoration

Sofa and armchair restoration

Lasse and Helena Kinnunen specialise in upholstered furniture, having designed, manufactured and restored thousands of sofas and chairs over the years. They work together with Helena cutting and sewing the fabric or leather, and assisting with upholstery, while Lasse repairs the internal structure and legs, replaces padding and completes the upholstery. If it's a timber framed chair, Lasse will repair the structure and restore the timber surfaces as necessary. We also make loose covers for chairs and sofas.

Extending the life of upholstered furniture is a worthwhile investment. Not only is it a sustainable option compared to purchasing new, but many older well made pieces maintain their value over time. With Helena's and Lasse's extensive experience in repairing and restoring upholstered furniture, we will ensure that your piece will be returned as new condition that will last for decades to come. We restore all good quality antiques, mid-century and modern upholstered furniture, including B&B Italia, Cassina, Deka, Parker, Douglas Snelling, Bruno Mathsson and Featherstone. We work with leather, fabric and webbing.

Images of a few of our upholstered furniture restoration projects:
#1, 2. 1980s Maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Required new upholstery. These sofas were originally made with a complex construction method to allow for the articulation of the back, so required some intricate work to be able to strip the old upholstery and reupholster.
#3 - 7. Before and after photos of Deka's Marc 2-piece modular and Deka's Ralf armchairs, manufactured in 2001, came in for new upholstery even though they still looked like new! After 19 years of service we replaced the seating foams and reupholstered in a new hard wearing fabric so they should last for decades to come.
#8. Leather armchair full restoration and reupholstery.

Making furniture selections:
Furniture is resource intense due to production and transport so it should not be purchased to be disposable. If purchasing new furniture it is important to select pieces that are easy to repair and restore. Choose chairs and sofas with internal frames made with solid hardwood or steel, and select a good quality fabric or leather. Investing in a loose cover can also extend the life of the upholstery. Proper care and maintenance is very important, keeping textiles away from direct sunlight and regular dusting and cleaning will ensure longevity.

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