Yelp Review Olek on Media Olek online Store

Leather Reupholstery, Refinishing and Restoration



 

Reupholstery and Leather Repair, of Sofas, Couches, Chairs, Antique Screens. We are experts replicating Art Deco distressed furniture patina. We restore and custom dye to match vintage original, or new as you like. Named by New York magazine repeatedly as Best of New York, since our establishment in 1950. Residential and commercial restoration.

 



Art Deco Period Original Leather, distressed Art Deco Period Original Leather, distressed AFTER


 

Upholstered Furniture shows very little of the work that goes into it, until one sits on it.  Original upholstery often contains coil springs, horsehair and cotton materials, which is often replaced by some reupholsterers without discussion with their clients, with cheaper foam rubber. The feel of foam rubber is different than coil spring upholstery.  Coil springs provides firmer support, for the better part of a century, compared to 5 -20 years at best for foam rubber. Down cushions can also be partitioned to prevent shifting of padding. This eliminates frequent plumping of cushions, and yields a much firmer, more comfortable cushion that supports where you sit, instead of everywhere else.

 

There are many types of recovering that we do, and features provided as part of our service, some of which are listed below:

 

With specialized stitching, including saddle stitching, or hand stitching

Recovering with polyethylene or rubber backing, such as is found with Eames Lounge Chairs or Pollack Chairs manufactured by Herman Miller

Any type of fabric, vinyl, or suede

Victorian button tufted upholstery

Superb pattern matching of repeats throughout recovered fabric

 

Louis XV Fauteuil Frame stripped Louis XV Frame reupholstered


Leather recovering requiring the use of full thickness ones, such as in the Wassily arm chair

Victorian button tufted

Coil spring recovering with spring edge platforms, frequently found in French Art Deco chairs

Hand stitched modern chairs, including various designs by Arne Jacobsen (Egg Chair & Swan Chair) manufactured by Fritz Hansen, Hans Wegner, and othersk

Eero Aarnio Ball chair, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, Joe Columbo chairs

Danish Modern chairs by Dux, and others. We use rubberized straps, Fagas straps, and other original strap materials for mid-century Modern chairs or sofas.

Danish cord, Caning, rush, splint, and wicker work

Corbusier lounge chairs

Exotic chairs, including hair-on pony or cow hides, or zebra printed pony skin, manta ray, ostrich, deer skin, and others

 

EXAMPLES OF RECOVERING WORK, BEFORE & AFTER:



 

 

 

 

AMERICAN EMPIRE SOFA, ca. 1820

American Empire Sofa in original horsehair fabric


Duncan Phyffe period sofa detail American Empire Sofa after extensive frame restoration and recovering in horsehair

Sofa with original horsehair fabric
American Empire Sofa after extensive frame repairs and recovering in horsehair


Detail showing French polished finish and recovered bolster cushion Detail showing stencil gilt decoration and individual brass nail head trim

Detail showing French polished finish and repaired and recovered bolster cushion
Detail showing stencil gilt decoration and individual brass nail head trim


Original horsehair covering of sofa bolsters Before recovery and repair

Original horsehair covering of bolsters
Before recovering and restoration


RECOVERING AND CUSTOM DYEING PROCESS



Tuxedo or Chesterfield Sofa Recovery & Leather Restoration- Seat replaced to match rest of sofa  

Tuxedo or Chesterfield Sofa Recovering &Restoration - Seat replaced to match rest of sofa


Chesterfield Sofa with old, worn-out seat  

Chesterfield Sofa with old, worn-out seat


Seat replaced to match original work, and original back leather refurbished Fabric replaced to match original work, AFTER

Leather furniture upholstery replaced to match original work, and original one refurbished


Art Deco Club Chair Recover with raw vegetable tanned hide
Recovering French Club Chair with Custom Dyed & Distresed cow hide

Art Deco Club Chair Reupholstering with Skins to be Custom Dyed & finished
Recovering French Club Chair with Custom Dyed & Distresed Fabric Skin


The patina of an old sofa is wonderful. But, after 80 years or more, the fabric skin is often too fragile to sit on. Our solution is to take a top-grain vegetable tanned hide, and then apply aniline dye, pigmented stains, and lacquer to replicate the patina of the original worn one.


 

CUSTOM HAND-STITCHING RESTORATION:


Custom hand-stitching is necessary in many periods of furniture, including the  Craftsman style shown below, and much more so for Art Deco and Modern furniture. Chairs such as the Eero Aarnio Swan or Egg Chairs are entirely hand-stitched.

 

Mission Period English Sofa Recovering
Arts & Crafts Period Stickley Sofa Recovering and Refinishing

Mission Period English Sofa Recovering
Arts & Crafts Period Stickley Sofa Recovering and Refinishing


Authentic Saddle Stitching
Detail of The Seat Cushion Saddle Stitching

Authentic Saddle Stitching
Detail of The Seat Cushion Stitching







Reupholstery & Repair Gallery



               Polychrome Leather