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Lucy's Redesign Roundup - Furniture

19th October, 2010
Jenny Butler
Tuesday 19th October 2010

After such a wonderfully warm welcome yesterday [you guys are so nice!], Lucy is back to share some of her favourite redesigned furniture! There are some great Australian designers & Lucy also shares some of her own use re-purposed ideas too. Love it all! - Jenny x

The Bespoke Burlap range from Cloth Fabric

Today I’m looking at some of my favourite items of furniture fashioned from recycled or reused materials, I love that many of these items are individual or one-off’s, and employ old-fashioned traditional craft methods and skills to create. Not a mass-produced, identical item in sight!!

Suzie Stanford – ‘Tea Towel Travellers’ Furniture’

Here is the brilliant Suzie Stanford again with her furniture pieces re-upholstered using second hand vintage linen tea towels.

Pair of London Traveller's Chairs for Liberty of London

Commission pieces with a beach theme

The linens depict Australiana plants, flowers and seaside themes, or overseas collected linens like the fabulous London chairs created for Liberty. Each piece is a one-off, and I just can’t get enough of the vibrant colours and overall kitsch appeal!

Australian themed chair exhibited at Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milan Furniture Fair

Studio Sam – Bookscreens & Book Block Tables

These fabulous Bookscreens are the creation of Samantha Parsons from Studio Sam.

Brooke the Bookscreen

Mini Bookscreens

The Bookscreens utilise pre-loved hardback books, firstly dissembled to remove the pages and then reassembled using traditional book binding techniques. Each screen is individual and they all have their own names (too cute!). I love the arrangement of colours in graduated hues or tonal variations, which is the result of each books original colour.

Elliot the Bookscreen & Siena Book Block Tables Photo by Peter Bennetts

The Siena Book Block Tables are made from the discarded inner pages from the Bookscreens. Clever eh?! Not wanting to waste the pages they have been re-fashioned into these very beautiful sculptural tables. The tables provide gorgeous snapshots of the images, colours and words once hidden away in books.

‘Siena Book Block Tables’ Photo by Peter Bennetts

Cloth – Bespoke Burlap Range

The Bespoke Burlap range from Cloth feature cushions and abandoned furniture from the street, that have been upholstered with over-printed fair trade coffee sacks.

The original coffee sacks are quite beautiful in their own right with bold colours and motifs from the different parts of the globe they originate, and its lovely these intrinsic patterns and textural qualities are visible, and create a design feature along with Cloths trademark screen prints.

Repurposed shelving

I thought I’d finish with some shelving created from....well..... anything but shelves!

I love the shelving at Sonido cafe in Fitzroy! A combination of old mix-matched wire baskets and used wooden boxes have been utilised as very cute shelving! So simple, but so very effective.

Here are some of my shelving pieces at home, re-employing old boxes and wine crates for wall shelves, and an old book case turned upside down to form great kitchen storage!

- Lucy x

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