Tag: upcycled

Folksy love-in: Hopper and Space

Chairs, £595

Until this morning I always browsed on Folksy for sweet, crafty, handmade things like finger puppets, placemats or soap – never  believing it to be the place for big, proper, impressive furniture. (Incidentally I did just order this, which looks lovely. I have high hopes).

But today I was proven wrong as a sleek trio of contemporary upcycled pieces by sellers Hopper and Space caught my eye and I thought it was definitely worth posting on – even if they’re not everyone’s style, they are proof that the UK’s online handmade community can thrive on a big scale as well as small, and testament to how far Folksy has come since it offered cutesy pin cushions and greetings cards.

Sofa, £1,295

Joe and Ben of Hopper & Space take vintage furniture, cover it with a neutral cream or fawn brushed linen and a contemporary flash of colour – usually neon – and the designs work really well on the angular, retro lines which can often seem too tough. Shunning sweatshops, unethical factories and mass production, they reupholster whatever comes their way, usually spanning the 40s to the 80s. Two of the three pieces they’re currently selling are reupholstered 1953 chairs and a sofa by British company E Gomme, who introduced their ‘G Range’ in the fifties to provide affordable and individual pieces to design-aware homemakers.

Chairs, £695

Their thoughtfully designed 2011 incarnations do exactly the same thing and should be snapped up immediately by anyone in need of a chair. Sadly, I am not.


People we’re loving: Stuart Haygarth

stuart haygarth light

Berlin-based lighting designer Stuart Haygarth transforms mundane objects into unexpected works of art, and boy am I pleased he has slipped onto my radar. Party poppers, spectacles, flotsam, jetsam… all are re-imagined, re-arranged and re-interpreted within a brand new context.  “My work revolves around everyday objects, collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about giving banal and overlooked objects new significance.”

While the complete sustainability of his designs is something to be lauded in itself – and an example to designers worldwide as the question of sustainability continues to divide consumers – the aesthetic results are astounding, and have attracted a wide and varied following. His 2008 Storm Project for Selfridges, above, uses man-made debris to channel the harsh environment of the British coastline, all of which Haygarth had carefully amassed over several years on Dungeness Beach in Kent. Top of my list has to be the central orange sculpture which is made entirely of fisherman’s gloves; 300 pairs to be exact.

Surprisingly, Haygarth’s design above, for Vogue Nippon in aid of UNICEF in 2007, is a children’s night light, full of random plastic items sold in vending machines. Below is his Millennium project, the prototype for which was created from 1,000 used party poppers collected on 01.01.00 after the Millennuim celebrations. It proved so popular that he has recreated the design with different colour schemes.

If, like me, you like what you see, stay tuned. Haygarth is in the middle of an ongoing scavenge on the Dungeness coastline, sorting and categorising all the strange debris he finds, and has already produced four works, one of which – Tidemark, below – is both an installation piece and photographic work, creating harmony and order out of chaos and decay. If only it was that easy…

stuart haygarth tidemark

To see more designs or order one for yourself, visit www.stuarthaygarth.com

Cash vs. credit: fabric bag holders

Woven fabric bag holders, £10 each, notonthehighstreet.com; Cath Kidston fabric bag holder, £5.99, Biggiboshoff on Folksy

Etsy love-in: Tialys

book end by tialys

I spotted these earlier today on Etsy and love them…

France-based seller Tialys uses old scraps of fabric, or even rough coffee sacks, to make these little owls, each one unique and full to the brim with French rustic charm and charisma. All the scruffy little creations use upcycled or recycled materials, from vintage coconut buttons to natural wheat for wadding. As Tialys assures buyers of the Brazilian coffee owl, above left, “he has a conscience!”

decorated labels by tialys

I love her Alice in Wonderland-inspired Incredibly Generous tags for Incredibly Generous Gifts, above, perfect for sprucing up those presents that are slightly last minute / from the bargain bin / straight out of the present drawer…  They come is sets of 4, so you can give and give and give… and still have one for yourself.

bread basket by tialys on etsy

tialys postcard from paris

Who knew a lavender filled postcard from Paris could seem just as vital to your domestic wellbeing as a little canvas bread basket?

Check out her shop here.