This is probably the most unusual “About” page you have ever seen showing a picture of a child. Look how little I was! This picture was taken more than 40 years ago. But right then at that time I saw for the first time in my life, upholsterers doing their work. Back then at home (Ex-Yugoslavia), upholsterers would come to your house to re-upholster your old couch then move from one house to the other and do all couches in the area. I was immediately hooked on it!
Looking at old and tired furniture is not a very pleasant scene when dismantled in pieces. At that time couches were made out for horsehair, pig hair or sea grass. Coil springs were hand tied with waxed rope. I was fascinated how a mess like that could be transformed into something so beautiful.
So, I often spent time watching what upholsters were doing instead of chasing a soccer ball. You could probably imagine how boys called me names because “I had more important things to do!” As I grew up and reached the age to sign up for high school my dad came to me and said: “I am sure I know what your answer on my question will be but I have to be fair and ask you my son. Do you have any idea what kind of trade you would like to study?” And I answered “Upholstery!” “Of course!” he replied.
Then I entered high school for upholstery (3 years) where I was trained; not only to put fabric on a frame, but sewing school took us to various factories to show us how fabrics are made, to the tanneries to see how leather is dyed and all kind of things including the history of upholstered furniture. I can probably tell you a lot of things that you never heard about in my trade but that is a topic for another occasion.
Upon completion of high school, I went through a one year apprenticeship and ever since I have never stopped doing upholstery. Even living through war, I have never stopped doing upholstery.
In fact, that is all I know how to do. I do not know how to do anything else (except that I play a mean guitar, but that is a story for another day!) And as far as I am concerned, I will not do anything else.
Why am I telling you all of this? I just wanted to let you know that you are dealing here with a truly educated master upholsterer & I only do the very best professional work. No more, no less.
Thank you very much for reading this.