Michael Lukachko Lamps
About Michael Lukachko Gilding & Restoration
For more than 20 years Michael Lukachko Gilding & Antique Restoration has been providing the highest quality gilding and restoration services to New York City museums, decorators and antique dealers.
Florence, Italy provided the foundation for my work in gilding and antique restoration. I learned the skills needed for my trade in an Italian School for antique restoration and I was able to sharpen those skills in Florentine gilding and restoration studios where I worked directly with gilding masters restoring 17th and 18th century frames and furniture.
When I returned to the U.S. and opened a gilding studio in New York City the landscape quickly changed. I had the skills and knowledge needed to restore traditional European antiques but 1940s and 1950s French and American furniture required a different approach. I experimented with new techniques and new ways to use silver and gold leaf and over the years I have successfully restored some very demanding finishes. Today I am still experimenting, still influenced by the creativity and ingenuity that is part of the Florentine tradition. I particularly enjoy collaborating with architects and decorators who are looking to create new and different finishes. Turning their ideas into reality often means developing new techniques, experimenting with new materials and, in the end, transforming gold and silver leaf into something new and beautiful. Give us a call and see what’s possible.
Michael Lukachko Gilding & Restoration specializes in traditional water and oil gilding and offers a variety of finishes using gold, silver and metal leaf. Using either surface or chemical patinas we can match a repair to an original antique surface or create an original new look.
Often lost in the splendor of 14th and 15th century Italian churches are some of the finest examples of early Italian marquetry. Wooden mosaics depicting cityscapes and Biblical themes decorate choir stalls and intricate geometric patterns adorn sacristy doors. They inspired me to begin building my own interpretations of a very old art form and I’ve included some of my work here. The construction of each piece is a long process. From the initial drawing to glueing down the final piece of veneer and polishing the wood can take from 1 to 2 years.