Monday 23 September 2013


This weekend we visited both the 100% Design and Decorex trade shows.  The themes that really stood out was that of reclaiming, reusing and recycling.  This as I'm sure you are aware is not a new trend but it is one that is getting stronger and stronger in a culture concerned with landfill and environmental waste.  

What we were observing from these designers though was not just a slosh of paint on a Victorian beside cabinet, but something a little more considered that takes the 'upcycling' trend one step further.  'Found' items. We of course have seen found items used in Art for years by artists such as Mark Dion and Joseph Cornell, but it seems to be a reflection on current society that these salvaged, reclaimed items are now being used to create unique, one off functional pieces.

...I wonder if we can find a client who would allow us to rennovate thier home using fully reclaimed & upcycled materials and furniture?!  Any takers?!

It was clear that even the other designers that weren't jumping on the upcycling band wagon were still inspired by by designs of a bygone era such as Ian Sanderson and Steuart Padwick.

 Kit Kemp's statement headboard alongside a shell encrusted bedside table.

Kit Kemp's fun and colourful wicker lampshades.

 Kit Kemp's boat chandelier.

Even the coffee shop decor used upcycled furniture at the Decorex trade show!

 Ian Sanerson's "Rustica" print textiles and wallpaper using vintage seed packets.

 William Yeowards wonderful new range of furniture.

 William Yeoward's collection in silvered oak.

 Upcycled cabinet using wood from various sources and finished with a high lacquer.

  Upcycled cabinet using wood from various sources and finished with a high lacquer.
 Upcycled chest created using wood from an old boat.

 Coffee table made using found pebbles and stones.

 Stewart Padwick has created these natty side tables using old cabinet doors.

 Steward Padwick's industrial influenced furniture.

Not only did this stand use lovely reclaimed timber to create their kitchen setting, they also seem to be revolutionizing the way people grow their indoor plants.  This is Bulbo, they use coloured LED light technology to promote photosynthetic efficiency.  The aim of all of this is to invent new ways to farm indoors as our climate for thought!

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