made in the UK

30
MAR
2018
Daniel Heath in his studio

INTERVIEW: Handprinted wallpaper and surface design by Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath is an award-winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer. After training in silk screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his East London studio in 2007 to create bespoke hand printed wallpapers and hand crafted interior surfaces. Key to... Read More →
12
MAR
2018
View of cabin lit from the inside

Eco cabins by Devon based Out of the Valley

Rupert McKelvie‘s education in woodwork began with acquiring traditional boat building skills in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, as well cabinet making. He then graduated in 3D design and sustainability with a distinction from Falmouth University. He has since worked on a... 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 →
21
OCT
2017
Pink multicoloured wool throw

10 of the best British made wool blankets for a hygge inspired home

Once you discover the Danish art of hygge, you might even look forward to the onset of winter. Although it has no direct translation, hygge is the word used to describe a feeling of cosiness, wellbeing and contentment with all the simple things in life: cups of cocoa by the fire,... 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 →
02
MAY
2017
Animal textile art by Karen Nicol

INTERVIEW: The inspirational textile art and home interior of Karen Nicol

Possessing an ethereal and enchanting quality, the moment you come across a piece of textile art work by Karen Nicol, you’ll be curious to see more. Karen is a London-based embroidery, mixed media and textile artist, whose creations dance between the disciplines of art,... 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 →
24
SEP
2016
Recycled plastic panels made from plastic bottles by Smile Plastics

Recycled plastic panels by Smile Plastics

As always, there was a stunning array of design and homeware on display at Tent London this year. The only downside is coming away wanting to own everything in sight – they must be doing something right. One of the stands that stood out was Smile Plastics. Not only do their... 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 →
02
JUN
2016
Mat-Dusting-M-24

INTERVIEW: Mat Dusting, founder of M-24

When 27-year-old Mat Dusting graduated from university, he was on the look out for a durable bag that would transport his skiing and snowboarding gear without ripping. Inspired by some of the materials lying around on the family farm, he began experimenting. Fast forward four... Read More →
25
SEP
2015

Prairie King by Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth was one of the first artists we featured on Upcyclist, along with his reconfigured collections of found objects, transformed into stunning chandeliers. A more recent piece from 2014 is Prairie King, which is based on a body of work inspired by the concept of play.... Read More →
11
SEP
2015

AW15 collection made from upcycled silk by Kitty Ferreira

Founded in 2013, Kitty Ferreira is the brainchild of Valerie Goode. Whilst working as a Senior Designer in China, her firsthand experience of the terrible air pollution became the catalyst for her new line of clothing. Manufactured in London, the Pomonion range is mad... Read More →
24
MAR
2015
Jewellery made from upcycled fabric offcuts by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Textile offcut jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

As you can see from our previous posts on Michelle Lowe Holder, we’re a huge fan of this Canadian-born British fashion designer. Her collections are famed for her use of heritage handcrafts, vintage detail, zero waste and upcycling by using ends of line textile and... 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 →
19
SEP
2014
katie-jones-knitwear

Knitwear made from reclaimed textiles by Katie Jones

Graduating from Central Saint Martins last year, Katie Jones is another hot new designer to showcase their work at London Fashion Week’s Estethica SS15. Jones is a knitwear designer who takes a modern approach to traditional crafts. Using a high percentage of British... Read More →
15
SEP
2014
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Designer t-shirts from reclaimed fabric by Alex Noble

In July, visual artist Alex Noble set up EMG (Everything Must Go) ‘an ethical and creative initiative pioneering inventive sustainability in the higher end of the creative cultural market.’ Cycle 1 was a collaboration with 15 London designers whereby leftover fabric... Read More →
28
OCT
2013
Two dog sculptures made from antique lace by textile artist Donya Coward

Textile terrier sculptures by Donya Coward

A while ago we featured the work of Nottingham artist Donya Coward who makes work of art from Victorian antique embroideries, fabrics and haberdashery and vintage Nottingham and French laces.  We couldn’t resist sharing these adorable freestanding Jack Russell Terriers.  As... Read More →
11
AUG
2013

Upcycled sailcloth bags by Lost Property of London

Lost Property of London by Katie Bell continues its trademark ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic with their SS13 collection.  We love the colours chosen for the Envelope pictured above which is made from vegetable tanned leather and upcycled sailcloth, also available in... 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 →
15
MAY
2013

Wood pallet lamps by Factory Twenty One

These superb pendant lights are made from recycled wooden pallets by East Sussex based company Factory Twenty One.  There are five different shade colours and six different elastic colours to choose from.  Purchase on Etsy here! Images via Etsy zp8497586rq 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 →
03
APR
2013

Mosaics by Cleo Mussi

‘Without breakers there are no makers’ is the doctrine of mosiac artist Cleo Mussi.  Her fascinating work is born out of a ‘maverick approach to making’, exploring a variety of themes through the medium of reclaimed broken ceramics.  The chosen ceramic... Read More →
20
MAR
2013

Toys made from reclaimed fabrics at SMUG

Camden Passage in Angel offers a string of beautiful independent boutiques, all of which are certainly worth a look should you find yourself in the vicinity.  SMUG is a concept boutique with a lovely collection of products on offer, notably these fabulous toys made from vintage... Read More →
18
MAR
2013

JHBeulah vintage button accessories

On a recent sunny Sunday I found myself at Marcos & Trump on Columbia Road, Hoxton where I came across some gorgeous jewellery pieces by JHBeulah. Throughout her university studies Jemima Beulah worked with some prestigious tailors and witnessed a substantial amount of waste... Read More →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... Read More →
13
NOV
2012

Illustrated vintage china by Esther Coombs

Esther Coombs gives a new lease of life to unwanted household items by drawing illustrations on to discarded ceramics, tea towels, cushions and old postcards.  Traditional floral teapots are brought up to date with illustrations of modern day tower blocks.  Cake stands are... Read More →
05
NOV
2012

Jewellery made from bottle tops and biros by Plastic Seconds

Plastic Seconds is a playful range of limited edition jewellery that’ll get you noticed.   Designed by Maria Papadimitriou, all the materials used are found objects such as biro lids, lego and plastic bottle tops that cannot be recycled.  Check out more of her amazing work... Read More →
16
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fireproof trousers for Christopher Raeburn AW12 collection

The Christopher Ræburn label was launched in 2008 and became known for garments made from re-appropriated military fabrics, proudly ‘Remade in England’.   For AW12 the new Scorch/Freeze collection includes hero garments made from re-appropriated fireproof fireman’s trousers... Read More →
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 →
12
OCT
2012

End-of-line fabric bags by Julia Crew

The materials used in this fabulous range of bags by Julia Crew includes pre-consumer waste such as end-of-line upholstery fabrics and off-cuts as well as post-consumer waste such as second hand leather jackets and belts.  Each unique piece is handmade and with a different... Read More →
03
OCT
2012

Upcycled china by Melody Rose at TENT London

At this year’s TENT London there was plenty of exciting upcycled art and design on offer. First up, Melanie Roseveare of Melody Rose who upcycles long forgotten ceramics by applying brilliant new designs to cups, saucers and plates before re-firing them in the kiln at over... 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 →
09
DEC
2010
Rucksack made from hessian coffee sacks by Lost Property of London

Upcycled hessian coffee sack bags by Lost Property of London

On a recent mosy around Liberty I came across Lost Property of London by British designer Katy Bell.  These super stylish bags are made from 100% recycled South American fair trade coffee sacks, vintage leather jackets and remnant printed florals. Images via Lost Property of London Read More →