Bored of your IKEA buys?
If character is what you yearn for when furniture shopping, make a beeline for Mother Jones Flea Market this weekend.
There, among the vintage furs and discarded personal trinkets of generations of Cork people, you’ll find a little stall dedicated to keeping the past alive.
Michael Wall’s business, Salvagem, specialises in bespoke furniture restoration and upcycling.
Based in St. Luke’s, a few minutes outside Cork’s city centre, Michael offers tailored alternatives to restoration.
The aim? “To salvage and save wonderful items of furniture that would otherwise be lost, destroyed, and unloved.” he says.
The key is a sympathetic approach to reviving antique, vintage and modern pieces, with veneering, detailed marquetry and French polishing available as the job requires.
Michael uses traditional methods where possible, without toxic chemicals, abrasive papers or polyurethane finishes.
Not only can you pop in to browse his selection of period furniture from the early 1700’s (Queen Anne), mid 1700’s (Georgian), early 1800’s (Regency), 1850’s (Victorian) and 1900’s (Edwardian), you can also drop by for a chat about restoring a piece of furniture you already own (call 021 4509550 to make an appointment at another time).