upcycled furniture

06
AUG
2013

Inspiration for upcycling wooden pallets

The brilliant website 1001pallets.com is entirely dedicated to creative projects that reuse, repurpose and upcycle wooden pallets.  The site allows you submit your own personal projects which means there are dozens of inspirational ideas to browse though.  They say “an... 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 →
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 →
30
OCT
2012

Upcycled interior for Italy restaurant Oh! Fico, ma Eco

Welcome to the fantastically designed Oh! Fico, ma eco (meaning “Oh! Cool but green”), a bar-restaurant created by Andrea Minoni Gino Forti in Brescia, Italy. Their number one goal is that everything is local, starting with the decor designed by Debora Pace and Elisa... 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 →
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 →
15
JAN
2011

Upcycling clinic for things

Key players in the upcycling revolution are Berlin based Corinna Harl and Virginie Gailing with Klinik der Dinge (Clinic for Things). After making their design debut at international design festival DMY Berlin in June 2010, the public came to them with broken and unused objects... Read More →