The Wood Guy: Fran Trainor
During my Bachelors of Fine Arts training, I was repairing a broken sculpture bust, my teacher noticed the seamless repair and suggested I think about the field of restoration. Years later, after graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers and working in the interior design field, I apprenticed myself to a master restorer. Two years later Fran Trainor Restoration and Design was up and running.
I decided to focus my skills on mid-twentieth century Modernism. Finding I had that certain touch and the rigor to work through dozens of steps. I built a reputation for excellence and artistry. I have had the privilege to work on pieces by many of the top modernist designers including George Nakashima, Wendell Castle, Jean Prouvé, Paul Evans, Vladimir Kagan, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hans Wegner, George Nelson, Harry Bertoia, and of course Charles and Ray Eames and the 670 Lounge.
After receiving multiple requests for repair of the iconic Eames lounge, I partnered with master leather restorer Bryan Graves to create Studio 670 Repair.
The Leather Guy: Brian Graves
Bryan Graves came to Boston in 1987 from sunny California. Inspired by memories of a neighbor who was a stained glass artisan, Bryan had always dreamed of running his own off-beat business doing creative work with his hands. So, after graduating from Boston University in 1990 with a Liberal Arts degree, he set out to make his dream come true. He apprenticed himself to a family friend who taught him the art of vinyl and leather restoration. Soon after, he was able to quit his job as a youth social worker and establish Hub Leather Repair in 1994.
During that time, Bryan developed many innovative techniques to solve just about any leather repair scenario a customer could throw at him. He's gone on to establish himself with the finest leather retailers in Boston and earn the nicknames "the leather doctor", "the leather guru", and simply "the magician," with the skills and reputation to back it up. He credits his success to enjoying his work and keeping his creative juices flowing. When he's not working his magic repairing leather, Bryan is also a singer/songwriter: