Furniture

26
MAR
2019
Charlotte Kidger recycled industrial waste furniture

INTERVIEW: Charlotte Kidger creates furniture made from recycled industrial waste

Material designer Charlotte Kidger showcased her work at the London Design Festival last year. With plastic named as the Material of the Year, her collection of furniture is made from recycled industrial waste – polyurethane foam dust, which is a byproduct of 3D model... Read More →
14
APR
2018
Radiator chair

10 of the wildest chair designs made from repurposed materials

When it comes to reusing unwanted materials in an innovative way, it seems the humble seat can be made from just about anything. Looking at the designs below, seating can also surprise and delight as a striking art piece. If you’re sitting comfortably, read on to see some... Read More →
30
DEC
2017
Reclaimed wood table

9 eco friendly furniture brands in the UK and Europe

Definitions of ‘eco friendly’ can get confusing because it’s hard to quantify exactly much how one manufacturing process or material can be considered less harmful to the planet than another. Furthermore, when a company makes loose claims about being... Read More →
11
NOV
2017
Chair cover made from shredded waste textile by Ragamuf

Could we make homeware from upcycled clothing?

The rate at which we produce and throw away clothes is leading to inconceivable amounts of textile waste. According to the 2017 report by Pulse of the Fashion Industry, only 20% of discarded clothing actually gets reused or recycled. The majority ends up in landfills or gets... Read More →
05
NOV
2017

17 furniture upholstery specialists in London

Stripes, velvet or digital print? Reupholstery of a tired old chair, stool or sofa could make some big changes to your interior. Whilst there are environmental benefits to giving furniture a second chance with exciting fabrics, it can also equate to a style statement that simply... Read More →
06
OCT
2017
Designer Jo Elbourne

INTERVIEW Jo Elbourne transforms furniture with contemporary textile weaving

One of my favourites from London Design Fair was a collection of furniture that immediately stood apart for its elegant and distinctive graphic aesthetic. The artist behind this body of work was Jo Elbourne of Cumulo Design, who works from her studio in Margate on the Kent coast.... Read More →
29
SEP
2017
Cork cabinet by Migaloo Home

New designs made from cork at London Design Festival

London Design Festival highlighted a number of designers and makers who are breaking new ground with mindfully sourced materials and more sustainable production. One of the key trends I noticed were the innovative approaches to cork in contemporary furniture and homeware design.... Read More →
24
SEP
2017
Pentatonic-x-Starbucks-chair

Revolutionary eco friendly furniture by Pentatonic made from post-consumer waste

Amongst the hundreds of exciting events that have been kicking off at London Design Festival 2017, the launch of Pentatonic‘s eco friendly furniture stood out from the crowd. As you can see for yourself at their pop-up showroom on Chance Street, Shoreditch, Pentatonic have... Read More →
11
AUG
2017
Mosaic artist Yukiko Nagai

INTERVIEW Yukiko Nagai revives furniture with mosaic art

Yukiko Nagai relocated from Japan to Italy, to study the traditional art of mosaic at Ravenna Art Academy. After briefly returning to Tokyo, she decided to set up her life in the city of Ravenna. She now makes exquisite one-of-a-kind chairs, tables and benches using antiques that... Read More →
07
JUL
2017
Poolside lounger made from recycled boat sail

10 outdoor furniture designs made from recycled materials

We may be a long way from eliminating waste plastic from the planet completely but more and more designers and manufacturers are finding new and alternative ways to make use of the material, one of them being outdoor furniture. Here are a handful of examples, plus some other... Read More →
16
MAR
2017
Jo Gibbs at work in her studio

INTERVIEW: Artist Jo Gibbs transforms found objects with pattern

Born and raised in Battersea, Jo Gibbs is a London-based artist who started off her creative career in textiles. It all began with her first Saturday job at Tooting market. Jo worked on a fabric stall with a lady called Lybette who took her around all the wholesalers in Brick... Read More →
09
FEB
2017
Manoteca book cover

Manoteca book features fantastic furniture by Elisa Cavani

I first came across the work of Elisa Cavani, whilst doing research for my book Upcyclist. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Elisa makes whimsical lighting, desks and furniture pieces made from found objects, all of which can only be described as the epitome of one-of-a-kindness. Now... Read More →
04
OCT
2016
wooden stool made from recycled plastic bottle joinery

New life for recycled plastic bottles as furniture joinery

Making something useful with discarded plastic drinking bottles is one thing. Reusing them to make something useful AND aesthetically gratifying, is a whole other (much more difficult) ball game. These little stools don’t just look effortlessly cool however, they pioneer a... Read More →
29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... Read More →
20
SEP
2016
Upcycled chairs for kids bedrooms made from old jeans by Jeanbag

10 Brilliant Upcycled Chairs for Kids Bedrooms

One of the best things about kids is their shamelessly weird and whimsical tastes. A chair that looks like a bunny rabbit? Yes please! Perhaps this is why creative furniture upcycling is so perfect for kids bedrooms – they’re guaranteed to love the quirky stuff. From... Read More →
08
AUG
2016
Katy-Shooter-and-Richard-Holman-of-Humblesticks

INTERVIEW: Furniture upcyclers in Wales – Humblesticks

Humblesticks was established in 2013 by husband and wife team Richard Holman and Katy Shooter. Richard is a photographer and creative director of a design agency. Katy is a painter, sculptor and interior designer. Their upcycling adventure was born out of a love of rejuvenating... Read More →
16
MAY
2016

RE:DO upcycled furniture by Marie-Louise Hellgren

I had the pleasure of meeting Swedish designer Marie-Louise Hellgren at Tent London a few years back. It was here that she introduced me to Pink One Puff, a beautiful dusky pink stool made from recycled airbag material. Since then, she has launched a collection of upcycled... Read More →
12
APR
2016
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Homeware made from recycled construction waste by Bentu

Reuse at its best, Bentu Design proves that a reclaimed ‘look’ is not all about worn patinas, rough edges or shabby chic. These products are beautifully clean cut and streamlined, despite being made from a mix of cement and recycled construction waste, something which... Read More →
03
FEB
2016
Budri-Earthquake-5.9-by-Patricia-Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola for Budri Earthquake 5.9 Collection

In 2012, the storage room of Italian marble company Budri was hit by earthquake Emilia, shattering hundreds of beautiful slabs of marble into shards, in a matter of seconds. In 2013, designer Patricia Urquiola created a collection of stunning geometric creations from the broken... Read More →
22
JAN
2016
Fallen-Furniture

Plane Industries furniture made from upcycled aeroplane parts

Popular with aeroplane enthusiasts, there’s a whole host of designers looking for ways to reuse material from decommissioned aircrafts. In the beautiful city of Bath, one company getting it right. Plane Industries specialise in crafting unique clocks, lighting, tables,... Read More →
06
OCT
2015
Angela-Mathis

Upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

The idea of upcycled money may seem paradoxical, but Angela Mathis isn’t the first to make art out of cold hard cash in order to play with our perception of value (see this post on Justine Smith). This Swiss-born/London-based designer however takes the reuse of currency to... Read More →
18
MAR
2015
Yinka-Ilori

Upcycled chairs by Yinka Ilori

Upcycled furniture by East London designer Yinka Ilori are sculptural pieces inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables he was taught as a child. Using African Ankara fabrics, each piece tells a story. A graduate in furniture and product design from London Metropolitan... Read More →
07
FEB
2015
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Out of the Dark upcycling workshop with Bubble London

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking part in an upcycling workshop organised by Bubble London and the awesome charity Out of the Dark, a social enterprise that educates and employs vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. A group of bloggers and journalists... Read More →
20
JAN
2015
the-floyd-leg

Portable legs for pop-up tables

University of Michigan graduates Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell have come up with a brilliant new product called The Floyd Leg, a successful Kickstarter project named after Hoff’s father, grandfather and great grandfather who were all steel mill workers. Hoff had wanted to... Read More →
05
JUL
2014
Greg Klasson

Tables made from rotting trees by Greg Klassen

Taking inspiration from the trees, rivers and lakes from his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Greg Klassen makes handmade wooden tables using jagged edge pieces from discarded or rotting trees sourced from construction sites. The River Collection is made from hand cut glass... Read More →
03
DEC
2013

Suitcase furniture by Maarten De Ceulaer

Loving this beautiful work from Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer. Perhaps more repurposing than upcycling i.e. reconfiguring suitcases into furniture, but very smartly done nonetheless. Desk of Suitcases (pictured above) from The Leather Collection is made from suitcases and... Read More →
11
NOV
2013
Yesterday Reclaimed Tailgate Bench

Upcycled tailgate bench by Yesterday Reclaimed

We’re loving these benches made from vintage tailgates by Yesterday Reclaimed. Located in Virginia’s horse and cattle country, pieces are created from salvaged materials such as hardwoods from old barns and steel from farming implements.  The above Blue Collar Bench... Read More →
10
OCT
2013

Sari silk upholstered chairs by Meb Rure

Istanbul design firm Meb Rure have created a family of furniture made of American white oak with upholstery made from balls of recycled Nepalese yarn.  The colourful balls are made from saris create a lovely spongey seat for a chair and footstool – perfect for brightening... Read More →
24
SEP
2013

Furniture covered in vintage fabric by Mel Made This

These great upcycled pieces are by British designer Mel Made This.  Mel reinvents unloved lamps and furniture, transforming them into chic bohemian objects d’arts.  Trained in textile design, her pieces are adorned with vintage fabrics in paisley, floral and geometric... Read More →
05
SEP
2013
Upcycled Chair by Out of the Dark

Upcycling social enterprise Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark aren’t just giving a new lease of life to old furniture, they’re helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the process.  This brilliant social enterprise was founded by Jay and Jade Blades and is an extension of Street Dreams.  The... Read More →
22
AUG
2013

Floral Patchwork Arm Chair

Loving this joyful handmade floral patchwork arm chair.  This eye catching piece is made up of remnants from Indian fabrics and comes in three designs, all with walnut legs.  Purchase it now for £390 at Rockett St George! Images via Rockett St George Read More →
31
JUL
2013

Reupholstered vintage furniture by Galapagos Designs

Launched only in the last few weeks, Galapagos Designs is a new online store selling fabulous vintage furniture.  Their collection from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s has been fabulously revamped for a 21st century audience, all handmade in the UK. The brand upholds three... Read More →
28
JUL
2013

Humblesticks furniture upcycling in Wales

A fabulous new upcycling studio has just launched in south east Wales.  Humblesticks revive mid-twentieth-century furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories.  The G Plan 1950’s chest of drawers pictured above has been given a zesty makeover with their signature lead grey,... Read More →
17
JUL
2013

Furniture Painting Techniques at The Good Life Centre

Last weekend I embarked on a marvellous all day workshop in furniture painting techniques at The Good Life Centre in Southwark, London which taught us a range of tricks on updating tired and unloved pieces of furniture. We were offered insider tips on stripping paint, filling,... Read More →
17
JUN
2013

Paulo Goldstein makes repairs a design feature

Last year, Brasil born designer, maker and artist Paulo Goldstein began a collection of works called Repair is Beautiful.  Salvaging broken chairs, lights and other objects, Paulo takes a Da Vinci-esque approach to fixing things, making the repair mechanism a design feature of... Read More →
27
MAY
2013

Furniture made from skateboard decks by Deckstool

Deckstool exhibited their work at Grand Designs Live earlier this month.  They are a Pennsylvania company who make furniture from recycled skateboard decks.  Each piece of furniture retains the unique scratches and graffiti of the original board. Decks are even held together by... Read More →
22
APR
2013

Upcycled furniture by Lucy Higham

Stroll along Brighton seafront and you will come across a stretch of studios under the Kings Road Arches selling local arts and crafts.  Love Lucy sells the work of Lucy Higham who upcycles old furniture with exciting modern fabrics. Her pieces are designed to be the focal point... Read More →
27
MAR
2013

Furniture made from shredded magazines by Jens Praet

‘Shredded’ is a range of furniture made from shredded Elle Decor magazines by Belgian designer Jens Praet.  With the help of clear resin and moulds, the finished material not only boasts an attractive and unique colour and pattern, but a hardness and durability... Read More →
08
MAR
2013

Upcycled barrel chair in painting by David Teniers

Many thanks to my good friend Cathy for spotting this one as we wandered around the Louvres today in beautiful Paris. The 17th-century painting, ‘Tabegie. Fumeur au tonneau’ by David Teniers depicts what looks a lot like a chair made from a beer barrel. I’m yet... Read More →
29
JAN
2013

Furniture made from reclaimed wood by Chris Ruhe

Very pleased to discover the work of Chris Ruhe, a Dutch designer who creates optically challenging furniture from reclaimed materials.  He trained as an artisan furniture maker in Amsterdam and started his own atelier in 2005.  In his Ladder-zat-cabinet pictured above, the... Read More →
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15
JAN
2013

Third Generation Furniture by Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher is an industrial designer and recent MA graduate from the University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins in London.  His latest project Third Generation Furniture is concerned with design and resource management – a range of furniture created specifically to... Read More →
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29
NOV
2012

Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College

Looking for an iconic piece of furniture to brighten up your home?  Londoners with a passion for interiors should head to Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College this Sunday.  This is a one day show where you can buy original mid-century furniture, ceramics, art and glass without... Read More →
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15
OCT
2012

Reclaimed wood furniture by Hendzel + Hunt

Hendzel + Hunt is a design studio  in South London specialising in the manufacture and design of bespoke cabinets and furniture.  This month they have been selected as one of Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes at Grand Designs Live. Their MADE IN PECKHAM range (Kirkwood chair above) is... Read More →
09
OCT
2012

Classical cabinet adorned with thousands of dominos

The Super Design Gallery at last month’s Super Brands London  featured a selection of items that demonstrated some supreme international design talent. Dominocabinet Number 5 (above) is by Dutch designers Atelier Schelling & Borsboom, a limited edition of six which took... Read More →
23
SEP
2012

Shoreditch Design Triangle

Many thanks to Decode for organising a fantastic media tour of the Shoreditch Design Triangle which forms part of this month’s London Design Festival.  Most inspiring was the studio of Rupert Blanchard who salvages timber and other materials from wherever he can to create... Read More →
04
JUL
2012

Pet bed made of tennis balls

In the spirit of Wimbledon mania I’ve searched high and low for the best product made of upcycled tennis balls. This hexagonal dog bed by Hugh Hayden Design is a favourite so far, made of recycled tennis balls from the New York Metropolitan area.  The balls thin out in the... Read More →
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15
JUN
2012

Reupholstered chairs by Polly Granville

Polly Granville is a London based designer who breathes new life into vintage and antique chair frames with exciting contemporary fabrics.  A great lesson in how to perceive your old furniture in a new light. Images via Polly Granville Read More →
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17
MAY
2012

Flocked reclaimed wood furniture by Nic Parnell

Working with the process of electro-static flocking, Nic Parnell transforms pieces of reclaimed wood with an injection of tactile colour.  His collection of interior pieces ‘Outside In’ aspires to bridge the gap between the surreal and the ordinary.  Usually chosen... Read More →
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29
APR
2012

Hand painted chairs from Plümo

Love these upcycled wooden chairs available to buy from Plümo.  They are hand painted in Northern India with vibrant flowers, foliage and birds by local craftspeople on a fairtrade basis. Image via Plümo Read More →
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13
APR
2012

Furniture made from reclaimed materials by Shiner International

Joe Manus is the brains behind Shiner International, a name that derives from the black eye he acquired aged 7. Having earned a reputation designing high end boutiques and nightclubs in Atlanta, USA he launched his first collection of modern, eco-friendly furnishings.  All... Read More →
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07
MAR
2012

Shipping crate furniture by Boudewijn van den Bosch

BEEmeubels (BEEdesign) is owned by Dutch designer Boudewijn van den Bosch who transforms materials with a previous ‘life’ into stunning furniture. He takes shipping crates used to export coloured glass from the USA to the Netherlands and makes them into unique tables... Read More →
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29
FEB
2012

Upcycled furniture by Lucy Turner

Cornwall designer Lucy Turner transforms mid-century furniture with the clever use of laser cut Formica laminate. She applies playful shapes such as pineapples, tulips and flamingos to chests of drawers and dressing tables, resulting in fabulous one off items with a fun, retro... Read More →
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07
FEB
2012

Reclaimed wood furniture by Richard Keal

Sussex woodworker Richard Keal takes wood sourced from tree surgeons in his local area and transforms it into pieces of furniture.  Inspired by the stories told by the irregularities and bulbous deformities of every branch, he hunts out complementary shapes and hues whilst... Read More →
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05
FEB
2012
Upcycled side table by Ruby Rhino

Upcycled furniture by Ruby Rhino

For wonderful one-of-a-kind furniture check out UK company Ruby Rhino who restore old pieces of furniture using unique pattern and colour techniques.  “We embrace imperfection by highlighting natural holes, cracks and scratches to allow the original charm to shine... Read More →
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10
JAN
2012

Upcycled leather furniture by Pepe Heykoop

The potential of upcycled leather, one of the most robust materials around, is too often overlooked. Pepe Heykoop is the Dutch designer behind the Skin Collection. In response to the fact that 25-30% of leather is wasted in the furniture industry, he covers old furniture in... Read More →
02
JAN
2012

Bleu Nature driftwood furniture

Kick start the new year than with some forward thinking, sustainable design. Be sure to take a look at the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from French company Bleu Nature who make beautiful furniture principally from pieces of driftwood.  The Hekla collection designed by Thomas... Read More →
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16
DEC
2011

Upcycled wood furniture by Sauls Design

Some of the most successful upcycling projects I’ve seen are those that remodel the rich patina of the old into something that can fit perfectly into a contemporary setting.  These tables by Sauls Design do just that.  Freddie Saul launched the company in 2010 after working... Read More →
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20
NOV
2011

Reclaimed timber cabinet by Rob Southcott

‘Community’ by industrial designer Rob Southcott is inspired by multiculturalism. The cabinet is made from various species of reclaimed timber taken from one area and is designed to reflect growing diversity in contemporary society.  Image via Rob Southcott Read More →
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04
NOV
2011

Cricket stools made from upcycled cricket bats

If I knew anything about cricket I’m sure there would be a multitude of clever puns for introducing these…  As it happens, turning cricket bats into furniture makes a lot more sense to me than the game itself. Cricket Stools by Pierre Ospina are made entirely from... Read More →
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30
OCT
2011

Musical Chairs

If you’re looking for a chair with personality, UK designer Kelly Swallow knows how to do upholstery that packs a punch.  Her patchwork chairs are individually sourced vintage pieces which she revives with a mix of vintage and designer fabrics.  Vibrant textiles include art... Read More →
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