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Born and raised in the Var region of Southern France, Christophe Pourny grew up rummaging around his parent's antique store. After apprenticing in his Uncle's furniture shop on the Rue Jacob in Paris, Christophe moved to New York in the 90's, where he launched his own furniture studio-caring for and restoring beautiful old pieces and making custom-designed commissions.
This brilliant book is a well-lacquered trip into Christophe's impeccably furnished world. From furniture provenance and history to restoration technique, this book is equal parts fascinating colloquial history and DIY guide to PournyÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs favorite techniques-ceruse, vernis anglais, and water gilding, among others-with gorgeous step-by-step photographs. If ebonizing your own flea market hutch isn't your deal, the book is priceless for its care and maintenance instructions alone: how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, and replace felt pads, and recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, and stain.