Green brocade with scissors

Richard has wide-ranging expertise plus the experience needed to guide specialist craftsmen versed in traditional techniques. “I always start with the history of the piece,” he says. “I look at how it was made, the shape of the frame, how the wood and stuffing were united. Then I often work in much the same way as the craftsmen who created it, using my understanding of classic methods and high-quality fabrics to bring the piece back to life.”  When necessary, Richard briefs and oversees a network of suppliers, such as specialist restorers and gilders.

Richard Ricardo upholstery: specialist skills

  • Hand stitching
  • Needlework
  • Understanding high-quality fabrics
  • Conservation
  • Leatherwork
  • Springing