Furniture

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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