Usually there’s an elephant in the room. This time we’re having a camel. With hump and everything that belongs to a camel. Well, not everything. But one feature (the hump) is enough to make the association apparently. I’ve never ridden a camel, but I guess the back of a real camel is not quite so comfortable as the cushioned sofa that bears the name of the animal. Attributed first to Chippendale, the star English furniture designer of the 18th century, it takes the concept of a sofa towards a more comfortable direction. The slightly angled backrest, cushioned all over, makes it a less rigid settee, and the curved shape define it as a graceful and elegant piece of furniture. The shape of legs vary often depending on the period it has been built – cabriolet legs …

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    Behind the art of furniture restoration lies more than just craftsmanship.  A good furniture restorer is first of all an art and furniture historian. Politics, religion, society and technology or the lack of technology influenced throughout the history the shape, dimension, decoration and functionality of the furniture crafted and used in households. Restoring a pieces a furniture, especially a valuable piece, requests a high attention to its provenance and to the materials and methods used back in those times to produce furniture. Nails, woods, veneers should be as old as the furniture if possible. That’s why in a restorer workshop every nail or pieces of broken wood or chip of veneer is saved from ongoing projects, for future pieces that might need parts replaced. Many acquire cheep but old furniture just for the “spare …

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