Discarded and unwanted materials look useless to most people, but a willingness to experiment is an essential part of skilful upcycling. We love to play around with unusual materials and unconventional forms.
Our furniture is constructed from metal and timber that would otherwise end up in landfill. This rough material becomes practical and stylish furniture. The recycling of materials is important to us. Here at Old2New we believe that there is just too much waste in the world and a change needs to be made in the way we consume. This is an ethos that we try to live by and is one of the main drivers in our work.
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Design and furniture are my passion. As a boy, I remember lying in bed and gazing up at a wooden lining. Grain and knots became patterns and shapes. Designs took form. Timber and tools also shaped my childhood, since my father was a builder. Growing up in the bush north of Melbourne likewise taught an appreciation for the natural world.
Leaving school to become a carpenter, I worked for many years on domestic building sites. Although I loved my trade, I found the amount of wastage disturbing. This is especially true in home renovations where discarded materials, ‘diamonds’ in my eyes, were consigned to landfill. I became an avid recycler and forager. As my enthusiasm for salvaging the unwanted grew, I noted how the building industry was becoming dull and generic. Houses and furniture were mostly built without love and originality. Time and cost-cutting had replaced soul and beauty.
My journey into furniture making began the day my hot water system died. As I examined the broken-down cylinder, the seemingly ordinary suddenly opened up so many extraordinary ideas and design possibilities. This was my eureka moment - unusual shapes and forms fused with a love for recycling and the crafting of furniture.
Today I still look for unusual lines, shapes and patterns, as I did as a boy, though in the course of building beautiful, functional furniture. I strive to imbue each piece with the respect I have for a particular material and the appreciation I have for its history. It is my hope that each unique piece showcases remarkable objects and timber lovingly reworked and given new life.
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