Joseph Andrew Montini
 
"Art is the most important thing in life"                               

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Joe Montini

718.541.5006     mr.sound33@hotmail.com   

  

30 year furniture industry veteran providing top quality, master-level upholstery, frame making and slip covering work to retail and private referral clients and to the trade. Highly experienced in all aspects of upholstery, including: cutting; sewing; eight-way tying of coiled springs; slip covering; cushion sewing; double-stuffing with specialized materials including horse hair; tufting; intricate, highly detailed hand sewing; restoration, remodeling and construction of wood frames (from raw lumber); design and installation of wood frames and specialty pieces (i.e., Hollywood Regency-style chairs), wall upholstery/headboard design and construction.

Professional Experience

  

2016 to 2017   Upholsterer at  Paul J Mazzola inc. Hackensack,NJ

2012 to November, 2013   Henry B. Urban / Delta Line fine custom upholstery, 54th street Manhattan, NY Team member specializing in master level upholstery and clean finish wall upholstery for affluent Manhattan

 

2002 to 2012  Joe Montini Upholstery and Slipcovers Brooklyn, NY and Leonia, NJ Upholsterer, Slipcover Craftsman

Providing top-quality, specialized upholstery, furniture design and production for the trade. Client roster/private commissions include (partial list):

-Jennifer Lopez - a “yin yang” ottoman for the Jennifer Lopez Watches showroom on 5th Avenue, New York City

-Jennifer Convertibles - upholstery of a Chesterfield sofa for the Manhattan showroom

-Senator Charles Schumer (New York)

-Gary Wedow, Conductor, NYC Opera - upholstery of a piano bench

- Steve Hindy-Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, NY - upholstery of club chairs

-MTA/LIRR Penn Station, New York City - upholstery of cushions for waiting room.

 

1993 – 2002  Ganeks Upholstery Short Hills, NJ Upholsterer, Slipcover Craftsman

Team member for this long-established, high-volume upholstery business serving the affluent Short Hills, New Jersey area and neighboring markets.

1985 -1993  Michael Daugherty Upholstery Monroe and New City, NY Upholsterer, Slipcover Craftsman Right-hand to highly regarded Master upholsterer serving the tri-state area.

1979 -1985  Embassy Decorators Verona, NJ Upholstery Apprentice

Apprenticed and honed old-world-craftsmanship skills at this long-time upholstery business.

 

 

In addition to these chairs I also have ten more Hollywood Regency chairs that are ready to be upholstered in your fabric right now. I upholstered them in muslin, a neutural beige fabric. Please visit my gallery to personally view and sit in  these chairs as they differ in size, shape and style.

 

My lastest chair designs

Upholstery

Sewing is what I do everyday. I sew fabric to create stunning, high art upholstery pieces.

I use only traditional upholstery methods that I learned from the great craftsmen of the USA. I have 30 years of experience in upholstery and slipcovering.

All my pieces are made with coiled springs hand tied eight ways with Italian spring twine on top of fresh webbing. I use organic cotton and blued tacks.

Cushions are usually made with down feathers to make for comfortable seating.

I use only the finest materials.  I reshape mid century curved back wing tip chairs to enhance the shape and to exaggerate the beautiful curves of the wood frame.

My new chairs are made from  3" inch thick red oak from Indiana, USA.

The fabrics I use are unique and aesthetically pleasing.  Two of my chairs display fabric created by the great artist Maija Isola of the Finnish textile company Marimekko.

I love to restore the Hollywood Regency chairs of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Recommendation by Zach @ Bliss Made, Inc.

Joseph Andrew Montini Upholstery is fast! The quality is great... and the price is right. I was working on a hotel project in Montauk and we had no time to do the linens. He showed up on location, took measurements, and within a week the ENTIRE hotel was outfitted. He is delightful to work with. I would highly recommend Joseph and his company to all of my peers. Thank you!!!

 

Recommendation by Gary Thor Wedow -conductor and chorus master NYC Opera

A pleasure to recommend Joe Montini. He completely restored two Victorian chairs that were very dear to me for sentimental reasons. He strengthened and repaired them and restored the original upholstery. Really magnificent museum quality work. Then he reupholstered a charming antique piano stool with the most elaborate and dazzling tufted design. Then, he rebuilt a harpsichord stand. Through all of it he was completely sensitive to our needs and sentimental attachments and to the integrity of the antiques. He supplied us with beautiful documentation of the chair's journey. He is a real artist.

 

 

Recommendation by Steve Hindy- president of Brooklyn Brewery 

Joe reupholstered and restored two beautiful club chairs for my home in Brooklyn. I highly recommend his craftsmanship.

 

 

Recommendation by wc miller

Joe Montini reupholstered an entire sectional sofa for me. His attention to detail is amazing as proven in the tufting work that he did. He gave the couch new life. Joe also rebuilt an antique club chair for me. He stripped it completely, added new springs and then covered it in new leather which he hand sewed on. I highly recommend Joe Montini for upholstering. His chairs are absolutely beautiful and more importantly, comfortable to sit in.

 

 

 

 

Music

My book of piano music will always be a work in progress....

"Joseph Andrew Montini block chords in 150 movements" copyright 2011 Joseph Andrew Montini.

 

 

I sew from 9 to 5 everyday and then it's time to blow sax and flute.

I play saxophone and flute throughout the evening.  Then it's time to compose at the piano.

My written compositions are documented using my old Kawai Piano and my 1980's Otari 8-Track half inch tape analogue recorder. 

 

This year I celebrate 45 years of blowing saxophone.

Visit www.joemontini.com for more info and to listen to "Love is the Tonic" (featuring a Tony Scherr guitar solo).

 Also visit www.katesullivan.com to learn about Joes wife, the late Kathleen Mary Sullivan, a wonderful musician.

 

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