Derek is a master craftsman and specialises in fine furniture and antique conservation and restoration. Derek has been trained in his home country of Poland and has worked in furniture restoration and conservation for 20 years. He has worked restoring fine antiques for some of the most prestigious galleries of New York City. Derek brought his expert skills to Naples, Florida in 2005.
Apprentice trained and experienced, Derek specializes in the lost art of French Polishing.
French Polishing is a hand applied, finish that is layered to build a beautiful glossy finish that is unmatched by any sprayed finish. This finish is what was originally used on many period antiques, from Empire to Biedermeier to French Art Deco pieces. A time tested method of finishing furniture, French Polishing has been employed by carpenters and ebonists worldwide, for centuries. The hand applied (shellac based) finish allows for future touch ups and repairs if needed. Sprayed finishes are not so forgiving and require costly stripping.
Derek also can restore a painted, stained or ebonized finish. Items can sometimes be restored, retaining the original finish, depending on the condition and original finish used. Other items require stripping, repairs and total restoration. Strict attention is paid to each detail, from color matching to veneer repair or metal polishing. Derek takes great pride in his work and excellent reputation, insuring a final product that will bring you beauty and added value to your antique.
Interior Designers, antique dealers and private collectors rely on Derek to restore and preserve the value of their antique furnishings. He is one of the few artisans who can perform a proper French Polished finish that is located in the State of Florida.
Derek is happy to meet with you to discuss your furniture’s needs and any restoration project. He can also provide a finish for any new or custom furniture.
Bryan and Lorial of Decodame.com: We have used Derek’s restoration services for several years and have always been very pleased. Our clients have always praised his work and requested his services for other purchases. We rely on him for the personal furnishings for our own home, as well as our Antique and Vintage Furniture inventory. As specialists in French and European Art Deco, it is important that we are able to offer our clients an original (French Polished) finish option. We think that Derek is a true Artisan, performing a lost art and feel fortunate to have him located in Naples.