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Title:
The furniture bible
Author:
Pourny, Christophe, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Artisan, [2014]
Physical Description:
304 pages : color illustrations, 26 cm
Summary:
Christophe Pourny learned the art of furniture restoration in his father's atelier in the South of France. In this, his first book, he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update, and care for their furniture--from antiques to midcentury pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds. The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny's favorite techniques--ceruse, vernis anglais, and water gilding, among many others--with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, and replace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.
Language:
English
Contents:
Meet your furniture -- Finishing school -- Prep school -- The techniques -- Tool school -- The care and feeding of your furniture.
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ISBN:
9781579655358
Format :
Book

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A comprehensive guide to restoring, transforming, preserving, and learning about your furniture--from antiques to midcentury, be they family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds--from Christophe Pourny, Martha Stewart's go-to restorer.

One part Joy of Cooking , one part Domino magazine, this is the all-new furniture bible. Unlike the snoozy (and generally black-and-white) how-to-refinish-your-furniture workbooks currently on the market, this is a stealth technical manual embedded in the context of a seductive, full-color coffee-table book. The heart of the book is an accessible primer on Christophe's favorite techniques--ceruse, vernis anglais , water gilding--with step-by-step how-tos for achieving them yourself. Readers will learn about wax finishes, oil finishes, and lacquers, as well as effects to create with paint, metal, and gilding.

Examples are shown on a wide range of furniture--a table, a desk, a hutch, a plant stand, a simple chest of drawers. Readers will learn about furniture construction, from medieval times to the present; how to identify types of wood; and how to distinguish a Louis XIV chair from a Louis XV one. They will come away knowing how to care for their leather and properly clean hardware; fix a broken leg and replace felt pads; distinguish a real antique from a fake; and make their own polishes at home.


Author Notes

Christophe Pourny is one of the most esteemed furniture restorers in the business. Top decorators like Bunny Williams, John Saladino, and Jamie Drake entrust him to regild Louis XVI bergères, refresh the luster on French-polished 18th-century dining tables, and work magic on time-worn straw marquetry surfaces. Descended from a long line of artisans, he was reared in his cabinetmaker father's atelier in the South of France and apprenticed at his uncle Pierre Madel's legendary antiques shop on rue Jacob in Paris. Today, Christophe is the official restorer to the City of New York and counts the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uma Thurman, and Martha Stewart among his celebrated clients. He frequently appears on The Martha Stewart Show and in top shelter publications, and his handcrafted furniture tonics are sold nationwide.

Jen Renzi is a Brooklyn-based editor who specializes in architecture and design. A former staffer at House & Garden magazine, she is a columnist at The Wall Street Journal ("My Favorite Room") and House Beautiful ("The Last Words") and edits the IIDA's design journal, Perspective. She has written for Architectural Digest , New York, Art + Auction, Wallpaper, The New York Times Magazine, Interior Design , and Cond é Nast Traveler , among other publications. Jen wrote the text for Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon (Abrams, 2010), is the author of The Art of Tile (Clarkson Potter, 2009), and ghostwrote Jonathan Adler's Happy Chic decorating series for Sterling Innovation (2010). She has also contributed to design books for Princeton Architectural Press, Simon & Schuster, Pointed Leaf Press, and others.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Furniture restoration artisan Pourny, who restored George Washington's desk, has written a thorough and practical guide for the furniture expert as well as for the novice restorer. Beginning his handbook with a short and richly illustrated discussion of furniture evolution and history, Pourny explains finishes, construction techniques, and the types of hardware used in each period. His description of finishes and finishing techniques is especially comprehensive. If you ever want to make your own shellac, the recipe is here. Other techniques-gilding, waxing, oiling, and painting-are also explained clearly and in detail. Pourny particularly recommends ceruse, a wax technique that is easy to do and offers beautiful results. He guides readers from professional to DIYers with tips on finding pieces worth restoration, suggesting sources from flea markets to high-end galleries depending on budget. Once a piece of furniture is acquired, Pourny explains how to assess damage, make repairs, and complete a final finish. A strong section on furniture care and cleaning argues that using the right methods will prolong the life of furniture. This guide will find a wide audience among those who simply want to learn about and appreciate good furniture, as well as those who are more hands-on. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Everyone has that one piece of furniture that needs help, and this book delivers. Pourny is something of a furniture superstar, having some very famous clients and appearing on Martha Stewart's TV shows. Renzi has authored many books on interior design and architecture. The knowledge and skill of the authors shines through, with every part of the work coming together well. Encyclopedic in coverage, the volume addresses furniture history, purchase, restoration, and repair. Organization is logical and topics are deftly illustrated and defined. A particularly compelling chapter evaluates how best to locate antique furniture. Resurfacing and restoring finish is highly detailed, with spot repairs included. The section on how to make your own polishes, cleaners, and pigments is invaluable. Reupholstery, however, is not well covered, so readers will want to look at Amanda Brown's Spruce for that specialization. VERDICT This fantastic go-to source for furniture care belongs in any public library and will be of help to anyone looking to refinish an antique or elevate a modern piece of furniture to new elegance. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.