Christophe Pourny himself grew up in his parents’ antiques store in the South of France. That must have given him the bug for his love and care with antique furniture because he had been restoring antiques from his studio in Brooklyn for over 20 years. His studio is favored by some major players in the interior design world and has helped in the restoration of Gracie Mansion and City Hall (which we pass on our Tenements Tales and Tastes tour).
Two well-known people who noticed his handiwork were Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart who has featured him on her show multiple times and is a big fan.
In 2010, Jason Jobson, who previously worked for luxury fashion brands like Ferragamo and Chanel, joined the studio and they decided to start bottling formulas used in the studio and creating new items
In 2014, they moved ther studio into one of the spaces at the growing Industry City complex (which is the base for our Made in New York tour). There they still take in antique chairs, sofas, and other antique furniture to be repaired. They also manufacture their all natural tonics, serums, creams, and waxes at the studio.
On some of our Industry City tours, we get to meet Jason and see the incredible craftsmen working to restore magnificent pieces behind-the-scenes. Their furniture care kits are on sale at both the studio (which is not fully open to the public) and at the Wanted Design IC Store (another stop on our tour).
Jason and Christophe wrote a book called The Furniture Bible, which took over 3 years to put together, and has now been a best seller for 3 years since it was published. Martha Stewart generously wrote a heartfelt foreword for the book, which gives practical tips on how to restore and care for your own antique furniture.
We love to showcase locally made products and introduce guests to talented craftsmen. It's amazing to see local production coming back to Brooklyn on a smaller and more specialized scale and we feel it;s important to showcase and support them.
Christophe Pourny Studio
67 34th Street
New York, New York 11232