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Upholstered Objects

MPFC specializes in historically accurate upholstered objects from all periods and designs. We also create custom pieces to integrate into historic or modern rooms, including the creation of accurate decorative items such as slipcovers, drapery, pillows, and upholstered walls and ceilings.

Click on an area of interest or read more about our techniques below on portfolio pages. We offer a free one hour assessment toward the restoration of your item: Contact Kate for an appointment via email or call 503-970-2509 / 541-531-2383.

We believe the art of the upholsterer is part of the history of furniture building. Often original upholstery has been modified by successive upholsterers. A knowledgeable upholster can discern the materials and techniques used in original upholstery and even the modifications may reveal historical information about the time frames of both original and modified internals and regional techniques.

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Our techniques save the original buildup components, including original stuffings or hardware whenever possible. We clean internal components and reuse them, which is the ultimate GREEN practice and usually costs far less than buying new materials. Mitchell uses authentic stitching and knotting techniques specific to the region and century of the piece. We repair the edge-rolls and pods, and if any new parts need creating, we create them in an authentic manner reflecting the regional and historic techniques. Art Nouveau

There are occasions, though rare, where prosthetics are created for frames too undermined for reupholstery. In those cases MPFC does not use ethafoam inserts, which is a popular technique in conservation today. We prefer to create prosthetics created with traditional materials in keeping with the period, and adapt the buildup to the prosthetic.


We offer a free one hour assessment in your home or office
toward the restoration of your antique, contact us for an appointment.

Contact Information

dkatiepowell [@] aol.com / mitchellrpowell {@} aol.com
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503.970.2509 / 541.531.2383

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