Upcycling or – is there anything as beautiful as timeworn wood?
There are some people who wouldn’t dream of buying a thing which isn’t shiny new and then there are us, people who love everything which is old. This is probably especially true for things made of wood. The patina which comes with age is created by the natural maturing process. As the wood dries and ages, the oxidation occurring on the surface creates the patina. Many companies today try to replicate patinas on wood, but it is very difficult to fabricate in a day what nature takes many years to create.
One way of getting the right genuine feeling from furniture made of wood and at the same time care about our natural resources, is to convert old waste wood into something new and better, through so called Upcycling. In many developing countries, this process is often a necessity because of high prices on raw material which makes any other production impossible. In a poor country, it’s extremely important how scare recourses are managed. Hardly anything is thrown away. Glass and bottles, old jars and cans, caps and old iron beds, well almost everything, is collected and re-emerges as something new. Lots of things being produced from iron, is in fact made of material coming from melted down junk. When you arrive from a typical throwaway society, is it very inspiring and enriching to see how everything is taken care of and reused.
Upcycling is about creativity and re-thinking, about how to use, ameliorate and embellish something which at a first sight seems to be garbage or junk.
Born Collector exposed at Formex in Stockholm for the first time in August last year and a second time in January this year. We have got approximately 40 clients in Scandinavia and our products have been seen in several home decoration magazines in Sweden during the last year.
We’re exposing at Formex in Stockholm again in August. If you have a chance, please come and visit us in our stand A01:06.
Eva & Thina