Elias Maldonado is the president of Elias Conservation Restoration, an antique furniture restoration company based in New York City. Mr. Maldonado works closely with designers and decorators to restore pieces to their original condition. In addition, his company can customize furniture with exotic finishes like snake skin or lacquered linen. As the president, he oversees all the company’s finances and operations.
Mr. Maldonado brings to his company over 25 years of experience in furniture restoration. He began his career at Sotheby’s, the leading global auction house for fine art and collectibles. Here he learned the art of furniture restoration and specialized techniques, including hand-rub finishing. After many years at the auction house, Mr. Maldonado started Elias Conservation Restoration. In its 15 years of business, the business has grown into a successful operation with multiple skilled craftsmen.
With an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Elias Conservation Restoration works with top clients, including the Ralph Lauren Corporation. The company refinishes antique furniture for the designer’s area stores. Mr. Maldonado also travels with Calvin Klein to assist him in choosing finishes for his furniture.
Mr. Maldonado has an associate degree in business from Hostos Community College in the Bronx.