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Office Restoration


are all about reliability, durability, and value. In business since 1950, we work in your premises when you need us to- nights, weekends, emergency service. We maintain your premises so they convey your image- without downtime. We will recommend solutions so your furniture is taken care of properly, the first time. When we promise to refinish or restore furniture or woodwork in your office........... Continue



Furniture Refinishing

Furniture Refinishing


Refinishing can produce the most dramatic impact from restoration. Refinishing can be unobtrusive, touching-up scratches or damages on-site, or might require the complete removal of an existing dark and murky existing finish, followed by dyeing and staining and application of a new finish. If an original finish can be maintained, that is often preferred. However, the nitrocellulose lacquer finishes used from the very beginning of the 20th century until its end are often not salvageable........... Continue



Reupholstery and Leather Repair

Reupholstery & Leather Repair


Many materials have been used over the centuries for upholstery padding and top covers. All materials degrade and lose strength over time, whether cord, fabric, or even steel used in springs. As this strength ebbs, and top fabrics wear out or become tiresome, reupholstery is called for. We do all types of reupholstery, in the techniques originally used:
                    •Grass, Spanish moss, kapok or other materials used as padding without springs
                    •Coil spring upholstery
                    •Natural Latex padding, from the 1950's - early 1960's
                    •Foam Rubber padding
                    •Various platform materials, including Jute & Linen webbing, Pirelli webbing,
                     Fagas straps, burlap

 

Leather -the most important thing is to use full grain leather, from the top surface of the hide, to obtain a long-lived upholstery. Reputable reupholsterers will make sure this is what you are buying. Lesser quality means having to replace the leather in several years, instead of 30-40 years...................... Continue

 



Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration


Restoration of antique or modern furniture restores the condition of the item back to what it was at an earlier time. Restoring may include repair, refinishing, re-upholstery, or other crafts. During an initial meeting or contact, we look at the condition of your furniture needing repair, and discuss your goals. Then the appropriate treatment is recommended.................. Continue



Antique Furniture Conservation

Antique Conservation


Conservation of furniture stabilizes the furniture and its various elements, to survive its intended use. The approach is to minimally repair and restore finishes, as little as necessary. There is considerable overlap with restoration. Additionally, conservation work should be reversible, and materials added distinguishable from the original- at least in theory. In practice, no one wants repairs to be distinguishable, a skillful repair or touch-up should be invisible...................... Continue



Chair Restoration

Chair Repair


Chair repairs are critically important to a chair's survival. Chairs are built of various components, often weak on their own, but joined together and tight, capable of supporting great weight. The history of chair joinery mirrors industrialization, and shows the effects of progress (in the US, different in Europe):
                    •Mortise and tenon chair joinery, pre-1830 :150-200 years before 1st maintenance
                    •Doweled joinery, 2" long- ca. 1880-1970 : 50-75 years before 1st maintenance
                    •Doweled joinery, 1" long, loose after 2000: 5-10 years before disposal, or complete rebuilding of joinery

 

Rebuilding a chair requires complete disassembly into all component parts, and scraping out all old glue, fabrication of new dowels or shimming of tenons, and adjusting all joints to be tight when assembled- prior to a 2nd disassembly and re-gluing................Continue



Modern Furniture Repair

Modern Furniture Repair


We cherish modern furniture as we do fine antiques. But unlike surviving antiques, many modern classics haven't stood the trials of time. Some of them, although brilliantly designed, were poorly engineered. We can restore your modern furniture to its original form, as close to the original construction as humanly possible. In many cases, we can expertly and imperceptibly remedy design flaws, helping to assure trouble-free enjoyment of your treasure for many more years to come. The choice is yours. Read on ...................... Continue



Modern Furniture Reupholstery

Modern Furniture Reupholstery


Our meticulous craftsmen reupholster furniture as originally designed, often with hand-sewn leather or fabric seams. We replace original hard to get materials matching originals, including rubber webbing for chair bottoms, natural latex rubber used in the 1950's, and smooth, glossy full grain aniline-dyed leather popular in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.  Another Olek specialty is custom finishing of new leather to match  Art Deco Period leather. Olek furnishes new unfinished leather, and then dyes, stains, distresses and finishes the new  leather to match leather found on circa 1920's Art Deco furniture. We can also recover modern furniture with pristine unused vintage fabrics for truly one-of-a-kind unique pieces, that are not available anywhere else, using  "dead-stock" '60's-'70's Danish and German inventories of fabrics...................... Continue

 



Modern Furniture Refinishing

Modern Furniture Refinishing


We refinish modern furniture with failing finishes that can not be conserved or refurbished. We work with lacquer, French Polish, Oil and Wax finishes, as well as polyester, commonly used in pianos today. Although generally considered impossible to strip, polyester can be reliably stripped and refinished by proprietary techniques developed in Olek's workshop. Early polyester finishes of the 1950's and 1960's often becomes brittle and checks or "alligators" badly, leaving chips in the finish, and is appropriate to strip. We also refurbish fiberglass, and touch up minor damages............. Continue



Vitra Eames Lounge Repair

Eames Lounge Repair


Eames Lounge Chairs epitomize modern design and luxury, bringing dissimilar materials together in beautiful form. This is certainly a piece worth restoring. Unfortunately, the way these dissimilar materials were brought together constitutes a time bomb that often causes catastrophic damage to the chair, sometimes within just a few years. Now you know why your warrantee was shortened to 3 yrs. from the usual 15 years for a a fine Herman Miller or Vitra piece of furniture.) The pieces suddenly separate at the shock mounts, dropping the occupant backward, causing the plywood on the opposite side to rip apart. We have devised and proven a proprietary solution, which we warrant for 15 years. It defuses the time bomb, and shifts the risk of failure to us. Not even the most knowledgeable expert can see the internal change we made that guarantees your continued enjoyment of this iconic modern chair...... Continue

 



Vitra Eames Lounge Repair

Reupholstery Eames Chairs


Olek can reupholster the Eames lounge chair in an aniline-dyed, black top-grain leather, with smooth texture and glossy finish -- like the vintage leather originally used. We replace padding or supplement down feathers if used in the pre-1965 Series I Lounges, and reuse the back plastic shell of the cushions and grommets, and zippers if in good condition....... Continue

 



LCM, LCW, DCM chair repair

DCM, DCW, LCW Repair


The old neoprene or polyurethane rubber and steel shock mounts oxidize and become brittle internally, and separate from the chair backs first, with the seats following not too long afterward. The remnants of the shocks must be carefully removed, and the underlying wood surface carefully repaired. We replace the shock mounts with our proprietary shock mounts, appearing identical to the originals. The cost of the replacements is $320 for the entire chair, or $220 for the back alone. Our repairs carry a 15 year warranty against loosening. You can ship the back shells or seat shells to us in a box, and we can repair and ship back to you at additional cost, or using your account........ Continue

 



Olek Lejbzon Shopping Site

Olek Shopping Site


Olek manufactures parts for vintage Herman Miller Eames Lounge, Aluminum Group, and other chairs from the 1950's and 1960's. We precisely match the original designs, and warranty our products. Our parts use the same materials, are heat treated and hardened, even patinated as the originals were made......... Continue

 

Antique Furniture Repair

Antique Repair


Conservation of antiques should stabilize an antique for its current use, as well as for future generations.The objectives of conservation may include:
                    •Mechanical Stabilization of the furniture for its intended use.  A chair used in a home must be capable of reliable support.
                    •Furniture should not  have conditions causing further deterioration, such as bug infestations or rot.
                    •Finish conservation, to maintain the patina developed through the furniture's history.
                    •Replacement of missing elements, and aesthetic repairs as desired by the owner. ..................... Continue

 

French Polishing

French Polishing


French Polishing is the name given to the process of coating wood with a solution of shellac dissolved in alcohol, using a "rubber" made of rag and cotton wool instead of with a brush. The alcohol evaporates, leaving the shellac deposited upon the wood. When applied correctly it produces a finish with superior clarity and appearance to lacquers, varnishes, urethanes, and other modern finishes.  Those other finishes look plastic by comparison.  French polished finishes may be maintained for centuries if moderately cared for.   French polishing runs from fairly crude work on English furniture, to a high "mirror" polish appropriate for French Empire pieces, and for pianos of the 19th and early 20th century.............. Continue

 

Decorative Finishes, Gilding, Lacquer

Decorative Finsihes - Gilding, Lacquer


Olek gilds with all types of metallic leaf, on furniture, and on-site for architectural woodwork. Oil and water gilding is typically done with sheets of gold, platinum, silver, bronze, or aluminum. Precious metal sheets are only a few molecules thick, and extremely painstaking preparation is necessary for the best results. Water gilding, done on the finest antique furniture,  is burnished to yield a highly polished, real "solid" metal appearance if not being rubbed through to colored bole beneath. Oriental lacquer typically used Copal resin varnish, made from Copal gum resin.  This resin is hand ground and mixed as the original was, to create Chinese Lacquer for use in restoration............... Continue

 

Oil Paint Conservation

Oil Paint Conservation


Oil Paint Conservation is usually done for paintings on canvas or linen, and is required on furniture too. French Empire and Napoleonic furniture was often paint decorated, and requires precise infilling of missing paint matching original colors and Patina.  Paintings often require stabilization of loosening paint, using acrylic "microballoons" adhered with a conservators' Iron.  Cleaning  the painting may be undertaken, removing  oxidized, darkening varnish applied long ago over the painting. This old varnish obscures the painting and can hide details intended to be seen................... Continue

Caning and Rush

Caning & Rush


This gondole chair on the left has a blind-caned back. The cane is stretched from hole to hole and pegged in place until the end, when the pegs are glued and cut off. We also do reweaving of Danish modern furniture, in various woven patterns................. Continue

Milk Paint

Milk Paint


Milk paint is made from casein, and has been in use for the centuries before modern oil paints were available. It is an extremely durable finish, and usually only requires conservation, infilling of worn surfaces by  an artist. Milk paint often has an alligatored or checked surface, and new milk paint can be applied to have the same distressed Look ............... Continue