Jamie Pappas, Jamie Pappas, Qld (Studio Furniture 2018)

My long-time involvement in the restoration of antique furniture has provided a stepping stone to designing and building pieces in period style, usually with an English Regency or French Empire influence. They began as personal projects and then progressed to commissions from clients whose antiques I had already restored. Authentic materials and specific construction techniques are incorporated into all the designs. Quality veneers and marquetry, particularly brass inlay, are aspects of the work. In restoring German Biedermeier furniture, I was drawn to the simplicity of beautifully figured book – matched veneers – the Biedermeier main feature – and this became an important design influence. All these main features highlight the details of original antiques, and are therefore essential in order to meet the requirements of clients when new pieces have to harmonise with and complement their existing collections. Herein lies the challenge! Website: classicantiquerestoration.com.au