Professional furniture conservation of historical and modern furniture

Would you like to refurbish a cherished piece of furniture and make it shine again? As certified conservators/restorers, we offer extensive expertise, craftsmanship, and passion for working with furniture from all style periods. Every piece of furniture is unique. We carefully refurbish antique furniture, period furniture as well as modern furniture. In addition to the restoration of furniture, we also apply our knowledge of conservation, so that you can enjoy your favorite furniture piece for a long time to come.

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Repertoire

The repertoire of ZRW Berlin

Conservation of cabinets, chairs & Co.

As furniture conservators/restorers of the Zentrale Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin, we have helped numerous pieces of furniture and antiques to regain their former splendor. With our enthusiasm for working with cultural assets, wooden objects, and furniture, we do everything we can to bring back the radiance of such an object by employing restorative and conservation measures.

We comply with the Charter of Venice, the central and internationally recognized guideline for preserving historical monuments. We are also a member of the Association of Restorers (VDR).

Our repertoire in conservation of furnitures includes:

Historical furniture:

mostly old furniture made of wood, including tables, chairs, drawers, chests, cabinets, farmhouse cabinets,  pieces of furniture from different periods such as the Biedermeier period or other period furniture

Modern furniture:

newer furniture, mostly made of plastic, metal, upholstery, furniture in the Bauhaus style

For restoring furniture made of different materials such as metal fittings, colored paper, and leather inlays, we cooperate with specialized workshops. If you have any questions or like to have a piece of furniture restored, please do not hesitate to contact us. Do you want to find out more about a piece of furniture (for example about the style period and time of origin, the material, or the required care)? We are here to help you!

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Our services

Furniture conservation at the ZRW Berlin

As certified restorers with a passion for our profession, no challenge is too great for us. Thanks to our many years of experience, we are well-versed in the thoughtful, expert handling of antiques, furniture, and objects of all kinds. We use our extensive knowledge of materials, original formulations, manufacturing, and historical construction methods to achieve the best possible result in each case. For example, we repair damage to veneers, work on any solid wood, refurbish carvings, make additions to missing parts, coat surfaces with shellac or polish them manually to a high gloss finish using traditional methods and formulations. 

The range of services offered by our furniture restoration experts at the Zentrale Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin includes the following work:

All the services we perform within the framework of wood or furniture restoration are reversible - so they can be undone if needed. Furthermore, we aim to preserve the object's original character.

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Furniture restoration in Berlin & Brandenburg

Restoration woodwork of ZRW Berlin

To refurbish your piece of furniture true to its original condition, we make use of a wide range of restorative woodwork:

  • clean the furniture or wooden object
  • check the stability of the construction and, if necessary, fix loose parts,
  • carry out the woodwork on solid or veneered wood, for example, gluing, adding wood or veneer parts or chipping out cracks,
  • perform inlay and marquetry work,
  • make drawers and other movable constructions operable,
  • restore the ability to close and lock chests, cabinets, doors, and drawers,
  • reconstruct missing parts and sections.

We determine the appropriate materials and analyze binders and pigments. Our collaboration with other workshops ensures a service-oriented approach, enabling you to receive a restoration from a single source.

Here you can see an English Biedermeier-style chest of drawers after successful furniture restoration. Just move the vertical bar to see the condition of the furniture before and after the restoration process:

 

Furniture restoration at ZRW Berlin

Restoration surface work

For your favorite furniture to shine in its original state, we carry out a wide variety of surface work. Taking into account the respective materials and required techniques, we will, within the framework of the surface treatment of old furniture, for example

  • clean the wooden object or furniture
  • expose original surfaces of the furniture,
  • separate coatings,
  • we will carry out work on the mounts, for example, glue or strengthen mounts and complete and reconstruct painted surfaces,
  • stripping or lye removal,
  • sanding
  • varnish,
  • polish furniture with wax, oil, or shellac polish (according to historical methods),
  • retouching, for example, dot and line retouching, retouching of fire damage with very durable pigments,
  • various putties, for example, wax putty, chalk putty, shellac, or epoxy putty.
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Furniture restoration in Berlin & Brandenburg

Restorative metalwork

Furniture made of wood such as chests, secretaries, or cabinets often features metal knobs, locks, metal inlays, fittings, and other metallic elements - whether for functional or aesthetic reasons. With our many years of experience in restoration and conservation, we dedicate ourselves professionally to removing signs of wear+tear. In the course of restorative metalwork, we will, for example.

  • screws, fittings, locks, knobs, key plates, or latches
    • (dis)assemble,
    • replace them,
    • clean,
    • patinate,
    • conserve,
  • Restore wooden objects or metal inlays in furniture,
  • Perform gilding, silvering, and metal leaf work.

Restoration at a high level

Restoration mother-of-pearl, leather and felt work

 

It is not uncommon for antiques and furniture of high quality to feature mother-of-pearl, leather or felt elements. Over time, damage to furniture in transit, wear and tear, or improper storage can cause deterioration of the materials. To make your furniture shine again, we will, among other things.

 

  • Perform mother-of-pearl work, for example, reconstruct missing mother-of-pearl pieces or engravings,
  • supplement leather surfaces, for example on game tables, drawers, or writing desks.

 

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ZRW Berlin

Experts for furniture restoration

The multifaceted nature of antique and modern furniture is endless. To do justice to this in furniture restoration, we at the Zentralen Restaurierungswerkstatt in Berlin work together with other restorers and workshops in an interdisciplinary manner. Together, we carry out the following measures in the course of furniture restoration, for example:

  • Repair or reconstruction of fittings, locks, keys, and other metal parts,
  • the restoration of picture frames,
  • carving work,
  • turning work,
  • upholstery work,
  • textile works,
  • wickerwork,
  • leatherwork, with gold embossing on request,
  • Glasswork, such as replacement of broken glass panes,
  • the restoration of paintings, including cleaning, doubling, and retouching.
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Competent restoration advice at ZRW Berlin

If you would like to learn more about a cherished wooden object or piece of furniture or would like a consultation with a restoration concept, we are here to help you with our expertise. For example, have you always wanted to know to which period your piece of furniture belongs, which materials were used, and what you should consider when caring for the furniture? Or are you looking for expert restorers to have your furniture restored? Then do not hesitate to contact us!

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ZRW Berlin

Furniture restoration in Berlin and Brandenburg

With our many years of experience as restorers and our passion for preserving cultural assets of various kinds, we do our best to professionally refurbish your favorite piece of furniture. In all our restoration and conservation measures, we use the most gentle methods in restoring its original state.

If you would like to receive a non-binding offer, please send us directly some overall and more in-depth photos of the object in question. Our experienced wood and furniture restorers around Dipl.-Restaurator (Univ.) Philipp Westebbe will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a personal inspection at your home in Berlin or Brandenburg. It takes a maximum of two working days until you receive your offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

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