Adaptive Reuse Furniture Design
What I do
Hi my name is Paul, I design one of a kind, functional art and décor from pre-existing components; adaptive reuse of the discarded artefacts of human kind. What started out as a way to acquire quality materials at a reasonable price has turned into a bit of an environmental crusade. I’ve been doing this, in one form or another, for 30 years. In that time I have acquired the unique skill set required to transform materials destined for the landfill into edgy modern design. My goal, both as an artist and as a furniture maker is to take the medium of Assemblage to a level where it is no longer just Upcycling, but where the design can hold it’s own next to the most beautiful of today’s current trends. This is no easy feat when your raw materials are prebuilt elements. It takes strong vision, much trial and error and the acumen to work in a cooperative relationship with the components; celebrating their history on a very modern stage.
As we move into the next few decades, our awareness of the abusive consumption of raw materials will grow and we will be faced with two choices: stop progress and make do with what we have, or find ways of making what we already have into a new and exciting future. As a culture I think we will always need to move forward and express ourselves with new ideas, designs and styles: it’s what defines us. As a people we need to celebrate the fact that we possess the intelligence to find a creative way to achieve this. I hope that my work can, in some small way, show that being responsible about consumption, mixed with a bit of innovation can produce a beautiful and exciting future for design.
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