Promising to act as an antidote to ‘cheap mass-produced furniture taken from unsustainable sources’, North London’s ReliCreation forages unwanted timber and ‘bits and pieces we find on the streets’ to craft bespoke furniture.
The company is the brainchild of Naomi Doran and Danilo Murru, a couple who began making furniture from reclaimed material four years ago to sell on Gumtree and discovered people loved their designs. Naomi explains, ‘A client will come to our flat, which is like a showroom, and tell us what they need. Then we design it together and Dani will build it in his workshop in Stoke Newington.’
Material is sourced from various places. ‘The main ingredient is scrapped scaffolding boards,’ says Naomi. ‘We also get old Victorian floorboards from timber suppliers, and doors, drawers and legs from discarded sideboards – people leave all sorts of things outside their houses.’ Naomi describes the style as ‘industrial contemporary with a bit of rustic charm and a lot of character’, and believes the main value is that people go home ‘with something unique they can keep for the rest of their life’.
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