Q Can you tell us about Old2New Designs and what you make?
Old2New Designs is a small furniture and cabinetry business that I started about 6 months ago, after playing around with my ideas and designs for about a year just on the weekends. 6 months ago I took the plunge and started renting a studio in a communal workshop. I design and create a unique brand of furniture using all recycled timber and metal and playing with unusual forms and shapes.
Q What was the first piece that you repurposed?
My hot water service died in the house where I rent and I started playing around with the metal cylinder and made my first piece from this (which was a small shelving unit). My passion and love for design and creating new pieces just kept growing.
Q Where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Just shapes that I see in day-to-day life from lines in architecture to the shape of a headlight or brake light on a car. Also playing with ideas in the workshop and drawing too. Some have even come from nature like the natural curves of roots cutting through the dirt.
Q Where do you source the items that you repurpose?
I get timber from all over pre-demolition sales, so before a house gets demolished I go in and salvage all the timber from the roof and floor. I also know a few builders who give me stuff and then hot water services from the metal recyclers. I just find bits and pieces that catch my eye as I go and things I think I could use for something.
Q What’s your favourite part of what you do?
I love having creative control over a piece and seeing it evolve into the finished product. I like exploring my creativity and the self satisfaction you get when you finish a piece and its exactly what you hoped it would be and the client is just rapt with it. It just makes you feel all warm inside.
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