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The Ultimate Upcycling - Light to Home

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Our passion for upcycling seems to be growing and what's more its a trend that seems very much here to stay.  From furniture to tyres, we are finding incredible uses for the things that we no longer need in their current form.  The saying 'One man's trash is another man's treasure', has never been so truthful as homes of all budgets are embracing our love for the upcycled. Although truthfully upcycling isn't new, in fact in the 1940's and 50's the reality was people really had to make do and mend and use everything at their disposal to 'mend' into something they needed.  Upcycling is, in some respects, a much greener option than recycling because it’s reusing items that would otherwise be thrown out as rubbish without having to go through the process of being recycled. Just because they have been upcycled doesn't mean they are cheap for example Kensa Designs, they take a piece of beautiful but 'in need of repair' antique furniture, their craftsman carefully restore the piece before it is decorated with impeccable artistic design to create one off statement pieces.  Kensa Design previously told us, "The product is very specific as each piece is totally bespoke, unique and designed to be statement pieces.  Interior Designers have been extremely interested as they create a focal point when you are in a room and of course because they are one of a kind.  Because of the the nature of the design they will suit a specific client." [caption id="attachment_5810" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Kensa Designs Kensa Designs[/caption] You often see old chairs and sofa's being thrown out as they are ripped and their stuffing has gone.  Chairs like these are a goldmine to many designers who completely transform them into beautiful pieces for your home.  Kelly Swallow is a designer who loves to rediscover the charm of an old chair through wonderful fabrics including vintage cloth and vintage grain sacks such as this one. [caption id="attachment_5811" align="aligncenter" width="492"]Kelly Swallow Kelly Swallow[/caption] A former electrician, Tony Miles, uses one of his past everyday materials to create incredible lights and furniture.  Handmade from industrial steel tubing each of his products is an individual, featuring unique blemishes.  This Industrial Paper Clip Light is typical of his designs as it's stylish yet utilitarian, and finished off with a vintage-style Edison-type, handmade filament light bulb [caption id="attachment_5812" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Industrial Paper Clip Light, Design 55 Industrial Paper Clip Light, Design 55[/caption] Business too are embracing the upcycle trend.  Designdough moved offices the end of last year and decided that instead of purchasing new desks that they wanted to build them, this was not a financial decision but a style choice.  As you will see below, their desk was made from old pallets, but their self-build creation was more than just one desk. [caption id="attachment_5813" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Designdough Designdough[/caption] These pallets were transformed into a stylish workspace the envy of all who visit. [caption id="attachment_5814" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Designdough Designdough[/caption] It's not always this serious! [caption id="attachment_5815" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Designdough Designdough[/caption] This passion for self building seems to have gained in momentum with the TV programme Grand Designs.  We love following the stories of heartbreak and joy whilst the brave and often a little crazy couples and families turn what would have often have been demolished into their dream home.  Some even build their home from scratch, such as Megan Williams and Charlie Hague.  Their nicknamed 'Hobbit House' has been in the news recently as it has thankfully itself been saved from demolition. The couple dreamed of living a self-sufficient lifestyle and so undertake the courageous task of hand building their home using only only natural, local materials.  Unfortunately they failed to apply for planning permission and their local council issued a demolition order.  Thanks to over 100,000 people from across the globe showing their support they have had the wonderful news that they can stay. A huge thank you to Amanda Jackson Photography for special permission to share these photographs. [caption id="attachment_5818" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5819" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5816" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5820" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography Courtesy of Amanda Jackson Photography[/caption] Their stunning home is completely unique and as you know our passion for wood at Eat Sleep Live, we can't help but look at it with an air of respect and awe.  Wood has the ability to tell a story, each piece of reclaimed wood that arrives at our workshop has a past.  It has been a crucial part of a beautiful historic British building, it has already had a life and seen so many amazing things through it's decades.  Now it starts it's life a new as part of a unique piece of furniture for your home, not all furniture has history and memories, but our furniture is as much about it's past as it is about it's future. So next time you are thinking of throwing out a piece of furniture or some metal piping, why not try and transform it into a unique piece for your home.


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