In its broadest sense, The term restore is used when you want to give an account of putting something back in the state or circumstance in which it was before..
“The main motivation of the meeting of the heads of state is to restore peace in the region that was interrupted by the strong fight between the two antagonistic groups.”
Value a work of art or recover the state of some other property without losing its original essence
But the word is also used very frequently when you want to refer to the repair of a painting, a sculpture, a piece of furniture or a building, that is, its valuation, which had been lost as a result of breakage or wear and tear over time. “The facade of the building is in the process of restoration.”
Common practice in art, industry and interior design
The conservation and restoration of works of art is the set of processes that are carried out with the aim of preserving those cultural assets with a view to the future, restoring not only their functionality but also their originality.. Activities included are: examination, documentation, treatment, prevention and care. Meanwhile, such activity is carried out by a qualified professional for such a task.
When the restoration is carried out on industrial products, the mission will be to restore the function of the product or revalue its aesthetic appearance, on the other hand, when it comes to works of art, the restoration of the function becomes secondary, being the preservation and conservation of the work in question is paramount.
In interior design or decoration, as a consequence of the relevance and demand that the vintage decorative trend has reached today, the issue of restoring antique furniture and objects has become a very common issue, and a service that many professionals dedicated to the area offer their customers.
The public is attracted to furniture and antique objects because of the design, quality and history they emanate, so these types of pieces are in great demand today, but of course, many of them are not in optimal states of use, and to a greater or lesser extent they need a restoration that restores their functionality, and why not also a renovation in their aesthetics through a current patina, in the case of a piece of furniture, or a modern upholstery on chairs or sofas.
Although furniture and antique objects are highly valued in monetary matters due to their scarcity, they continue to be an alternative that many choose for what we have mentioned, for the originality and aesthetic imprint they bring to any setting.
On the other hand, in some markets dedicated exclusively to the commercialization of these products, the value can be “negotiated” with the seller and then they end up being a good option compared to new products, which for the most part do not offer discounts on their values.
Replacement of a government that was timely displaced
And also, at the end it has been used, when appropriate, to account for the restoration in a country of that political regime, or failing that, of the reigning house, which governed at one time and were replaced by others.
“The restoration of democracy brought joy in society.”
At the behest of politics, restoration implies that a political regime that was opportunely displaced returns to power.
One of the most emblematic cases in history is the restoration of monarchical absolutism in France, which was forcibly removed from power when the French Revolution broke out and its winds of change in all senses, but which later, in 1814, when Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates, is restored as a form of government.
In any case, it would last a breath since the ideals of freedom and rights had penetrated so deeply into the population that it was difficult to accept the return to that already obsolete form of government.
Another example that we can cite is that of the restoration of the democratic system in Latin American countries that during the seventies of the last century knew how to be subject to the government of military dictatorships, most of them very bloody.
The case of Argentina has been one of the most popular in this sense due to the state terrorism exercised by the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983 that it governed.
In other words, and ultimately, this concept can be applied to material issues such as goods or objects but also to immaterial things such as peace, feelings, relationships, among others.