The Upcyclist Launches New Upcycled Furniture Range
James, The Upcyclist, has always thought recycling was the right thing to do. It just made sense to him that the more we reuse, the less natural resources we have to extract, along with their associated environmental costs. I have featured him before with his tiny house project.James told me that for him, upcycling (taking discarded materials and creating something of a higher value than the original material) is a way to be creative while minimising the environmental impact. “When I get into the workshop I’m surrounded by all the materials I have collected and I start by thinking about what I can make out of all of this, that will be useful to someone? Followed by how I can create it so it is aesthetically pleasing, as well as built to last”.
By the time he is finished on a piece all he is thinking is “I hope someone out there likes it as much as I do.”
This latest batch of upcycled creations utilises a lot of salvaged tongue and groove floorboards. “I just happened to call my demolition guy on the day he was pulling down a block of flats with some lovely old hardwood floors” says James. “He loaded the pile of scrapped flooring straight from the demo site onto my ute”.
When it came to using the boards instead of pulling out all the nails, James decided to grind them off and sand them back with the timber surface, featuring the “imperfections” rather than removing it. It’s more interesting when the new piece tells the story of its recycled past. These are absolutely gorgeous pieces and you can see more at James website here
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