Lacquer Studios was established in 1995 by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras. The studios specialise in Oriental and European lacquer as well as historic paint techniques. Pedro built his reputation restoring objects for museums and private clients. More recently, he has turned his attention to creating bespoke pieces, using the materials and methods that are part of the centuries-old traditions of paint craftsmen. He has researched widely in workshop manuals and treatises from the past, collected rare old pigments, and revived lost methods of paint application and lacquer. Well-known in the trade for his attention to detail and ethos, Pedro is seen by many as a custodian of old techniques. With this wealth of knowledge and painstaking dedication, he now uses the labour-intensive techniques of the past to produce modern pieces of singular beauty and integrity. These pieces are of the highest quality, and have been described as “intimate and unique–a truly inspiring combination of craft and artistry.” They have been featured in exhibitions and magazines such as The World of Interiors and are seen not only as pieces of furniture but collectable works of art.
Pedro da Costa Felgueiras completed his BSc (Hons) Conservation & Restoration of Decorative Surfaces at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art and Design. He had further training with the renowned Margaret Ballardie and collaborated with her for several years. Using his finely tuned skills to colour match original paintwork, he has undertaken work for the antique trade, architects, designers and artists as well as for national museums and historic buildings. One of his more recent projects includes the recently restored grade I listed home of Sir Horace Walpole’s, Strawberry Hill House at Twickenham.