Dominic developed his interest in art, architecture and antiques when living in Paris in the early 1980s.
Returning to London to work in the City he soon realised how important his newly-found interests were to him and decided to turn his passions into a career.
Gifted with an eye for detail and artistic talent he started an apprenticeship with Lucinda Compton which gave him the opportunity to learn and develop restoration skills.
In 1990 Dominic set up his own business and developed an extensive knowledge of the industry while building a strong client base. Dominic’s high level of restoration work earned him a valuable reputation and in 1998 he and Lucinda joined forces to establish Compton & Schuster Ltd. The business primarily undertook the restoration and conservation of decorative antique furniture.
As a restorer, Dominic was mastering different paint, lacquer and mirror effects and started to develop unique finishes, one of which was re-creating the ageing process which naturally occurs in old mercury backed mirror. He soon became aware of the demand for such mirror effects, particularly from designers, and decided to develop this side of the business. Using either flat or hand-drawn glass, Dominic’s designs are used in both contemporary and traditional interiors, often being used for panelled walls in domestic and commercial projects, incorporated into furniture designs and even used as clock faces. Appreciating the beauty of the antiqued mirror, Dominic decided to incorporate it into art by mixing mirror with architectural prints and fine art photography. By combining art with mirrored glass a print is given a new lease of life resulting in depth, light and reflection. Each mirror is unique and personally created by Dominic according to the image that is being used.
As an accredited BAFRA member, Dominic continues to restore decorative antique furniture for private clients and antiques dealers as well as being an advisor to prestigious auction houses such as Bonhams.
Dominic and his experienced team work on pieces of great historical interest from some of the country’s most significant houses such as Chatsworth, Harewood House and Weston Park. Furniture restoration was the kick-start to Dominic’s creative career and is now very much in his blood. It is through working on such important pieces that Dominic is continuously inspired to explore different ways of working with mirrored glass and other finishes.
Working with interior designers and private clients Dominic Schuster Ltd undertakes bespoke commissions for domestic and commercial interiors. Recently completed projects include mirror panelled walls in the dining room at Coworth Park and gilded amethyst statues around the swimming pool; mirrors for Starbucks in Hungary, the Hotel Megaro and the Royal Naval Club - both in London - as well as working on private projects with leading designers such as Fox Linton Associates, Taylor Howes and Staffan Tollgard.