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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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11
AUG
2012

Upcycled interior at Derrière, Paris

Having now returned from hols in France the first thing I am keen to share is a Parisian restaurant introduced to me by a friend.  It’s called Derrière, the name deriving from its location, situated at the back of their sister bar and restaurant Andy Wahloo and 404.  It not... Read More →
14
MAR
2012

Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema

Most excited to hear about the Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema (160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PR).  The Old Cinema is a picture palace dating from the 1890s which has been refurbished into an antiques, vintage, and retro department store.  The exhibition takes... 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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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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06
DEC
2011

Wrap to Go scarves made from vintage fabrics

With the British climate taking a downturn, a beautiful scarf is the must have accessory for looking stylish in the cold.  Shirley Belwood from Wrap to Go makes luxury handmade scarves including a fabulous upcycled vintage fabric range inspired by Japanese kimonos.  Pictured is a... Read More →
04
DEC
2011

Traffick-Stopping Vintage

Last week I headed east for Traffick-Stopping Vintage at Avalon, Shoreditch – a fashion event organised by Red Light Campaign.  The campaign, set up by three students centres around an exhibition of photographs that raises awareness of human trafficking. The photographs... Read More →
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03
DEC
2011

Vintage paper ornaments

So apparently it’s nearly Christmas.  This can only mean the search is on for all things upcycled and festive.  First up is an Etsy find – paper creations by Leah Copplestone at LBC Paper.  These are hangings, ornaments and table decorations made of vintage paper from... Read More →
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07
NOV
2011

Powder Keg Diplomacy

“We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks” sang Bonnie Tyler – A powder keg referring to a barrel of gunpowder of course, just to drag out the Guy Fawkes theme.  A friend introduced me to Powder Keg Diplomacy last week – a South London bar... Read More →
23
OCT
2011
Woman wearing jewellery made from vintage haberdashery

Button Up

Judith Brown takes vintage haberdashery such as 100 year old vintage mother of pearl buttons, vintage lace and curtain hooks and turns them into intricate pieces of jewellery.  With her own developed technique, she hand stitches them with fine silver wire to create delicate... Read More →
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18
OCT
2011

Patterned Pieces

Fun Makes Good was set up by Glasgow School of Art graduate, Eleanor Young.  She reclaims, reupholsters and reworks unloved items of furniture with a distinctive graphic style.  The brief for the Slagelse Møbelvaerk Boomerang Chairs pictured above was to use parts of the existing... Read More →
15
OCT
2011

The Stuff of Dreams

Welcome to the imaginarium of Anya Keeley.  This Hereford artist has from a young age collected found objects and ephemera, enticed by the patina that comes only from age and wear.  Incorporating wire work and collaged books and magazines, objects are assembled into whimsical... Read More →
29
SEP
2011

Walk Don’t Walk

Want to decorate your interior with a piece of NYC history? UK retailer Felix Lighting sell the original Walk Don’t Walk signs – a batch of units that became dead stock in 1999 when the city started taking these signs down.  The iconic design was gradually replaced... Read More →
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28
SEP
2011

Uncle Oswald Is My Hero

It’s all been kicking off with the London Design Festival and there are so many things to see that it’s hard to know where to begin.  Both Tent London and 100% Design however have proved very fruitful for seeking out some fantastic upcycled art and design.  A... Read More →
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14
SEP
2011

Cool Cats

How could I resist…?  Atomic Attic show us that even our pets can enjoy the benefits of upcycling.  Made from an Antique Blue Oshkosh Vintage Suitcase with handmade wooden legs and machine washable cushion, I’d buy my cats one of these… Read More →
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01
SEP
2011

The Cheaney Chair

Cheaney Chair – that name has such a good ring to it…  The work of furniture designer Alexena Cayless is influenced by memory, gathered stories and a desire to retell narratives through objects.  This project is a beech G Plan chair that has been upcycled with... Read More →
18
JUL
2011

Sunday Best

I couldn’t possibly let this one go amiss – designer Demelza Hill‘s ‘Sunday Best’ – a fabulous jumpsuit made of dusters.  As well as having an awesome name, Demelza is one very talented young lady.  The ‘Sunday Best’ jumpsuit pays... Read More →
26
JUN
2011

Upcycled furniture by Rupert Blanchard

Love this latest work from Rupert Blanchard.  He’s been collecting packaging crates for 10 years and this year decided to do something with the badly damaged ones.  Combined with salvaged Victorian pine floorboards he’s made a superb table and chairs set.  Check out... Read More →
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16
JUN
2011
Woman wearing vintage style fascinator by House of Lily

Handmade fascinators by House of Lily Millinery

It’s Royal Ascot week and despite the appalling British weather, ladies from all over the UK are donning their heels and show stopping hats in the hope of standing out from the crowd. A perfect time therefore to highlight a fine example of upcycled millinery from House of... Read More →
12
JUN
2011

Re-worked: Experimental textile design

I’ve just been introduced to a fascinating creative collaboration called Re-worked by Scotland artists Sara Nevay and Nicola Reed which has earned them a Dundee Craft Makers Award.  The project explores ideas of ‘preciousness’ in vintage and modern materials by... Read More →
08
JUN
2011

Rewriting History: Jewellery from vintage artefacts

These beautifully crafted items are the handiwork of Edinburgh based Clare Hillerby.  Having sourced postcards, letters and envelopes, handwritten by unknown characters, she extracts the fragments of text and combines them with metalwork to create new contemporary stories.  Above... Read More →
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26
MAY
2011
Upcycled retro oval table by Zoe Murphy

Retro revamp: Revived furniture by Zoe Murphy

Since graduating, Zoe Murphy work has quickly gained attention both at home and abroad, and has already graced the shelves of Liberty’s. Her upcycled furniture celebrates the optimistic colour, pattern and style of the 1950s and includes drawings of urban and coastal... Read More →
22
MAY
2011

Painted and revived furniture by Ghost

British company Ghost Furniture strives to ‘bring quality furniture back from the dead and make it hauntingly beautiful.’   From a painted dessert spoon chandelier to a chair upholstered in a sailor’s uniform, their collection of restored vintage furniture and... Read More →
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17
MAY
2011

Bags made from upcycled leather jackets

Love these! Bags by Hoakon Helga incorporate vintage and recycled materials, particularly vintage leather jackets.  The line is named after the designer”s grandparents and strives to achieve respect for the past and future by using sustainable methods. Images via Etsy Read More →
14
MAY
2011

Fanciful reupholstered chairs

Loving the work of Brooklyn artist Orlando Dominguez, founder of GIN Art & Design.  The ‘Bluesy Chictorian’ is an upcycled chair, transformed with repurposed leather, hair on hide and suede with the addition of metal tacks and acrylic paint. Image via GIN Art... Read More →