Upcyclist was launched in 2011, an interiors blog reporting on beautiful buildings, rooms, furniture, lighting and objects made from redundant materials.
Reducing the need for new raw materials is fundamental to our planet’s survival, yet the notion that reusing waste can offer something beautiful and luxurious, is too often overlooked.
A few years ago, a friend, Sophie Crichton, drew my attention to the art of making something from nothing. As she painted her illustrations onto furniture she’d found on the street, I realised that being able to create a beautiful, durable and desirable product from discarded materials, takes imagination, innovation and skill.
I was inspired to curate an online space that featured expertly upcycled pieces; works that genuinely lengthened the life span of the materials used, because they could be considered works of art. Sometimes there is no eco-conscious motive for these pieces. Old materials and objects simply offer something that cannot be created from scratch.
Providing inspiration to homeowners, artists and design professionals, the products, projects and people featured on Upcyclist combine a smart approach to resources, whilst bringing beauty and style to our lives and surroundings.
In addition to showcasing intelligently upcycled pieces, Upcyclist examines the art of styling vintage and uncovers the latest in consciously made furnishings for interiors.
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Antonia Edwards is the author of Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors (Prestel Publishing, 2015) and Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes (Prestel Publishing, 2017). In 2015, she was selected for the The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list of influential Londoners.