Design: Recreate A New Lease Of Life For Discarded Objects 

Recreate [South Africa]

Recreate - blue Samsonite suitcase chair

[Image credit: Recreate – seating]

I ABSOLUTELY love this chair… it’s cute, fun and very quirky… all the things I like… and when I first saw it, it brought a smile to my face. A product of Recreate a company, which gives a new lease of life to objects that have outgrown their original purpose; its just the thing to add some character to an uninviting hallway or romantic nostalgia to a sumptuous boudoir.  Ingeniously and lovingly recycling pieces of discarded junk by skillfully turning them into unique furniture, lighting and interior accessories; Katie Thompson started the aptly titled, Recreate in 2009 following a passion for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Beautifully crafted, Recreate’s interior design range is eclectic; a nod to Katie’s self-described tendencies as a hoarder of all things useless, impractical, colourful, shiny and broken.

Recreate - tapestry suitcase chair

[Image credit: Recreate – seating]

For me personally it the vintage suitcases and boxes turned into trendy chairs that captured my imagination. To bear bodyweight the suitcase’s internal structure is steel reinforced and generously upholstered in a variety of fabrics from patterns to plain colours and then finished off with some decorative feet. I’m not sure how high the chair below is, but I can immediately see several around a dining room table, or just at the opposite ends – the legs could probably be made longer though, as Katie does customised creations.


[Image credit: Recreate – seating]

Or what about this vintage hatbox turned into a stylish, retro ottoman with concealed storage. 

Recreate - retro hatbox ottoman

[Image credit: Recreate – ottoman]

Although I am not one heavily into buying all things preloved… I tend to admire and then wonder what I’d do with it… there are some real treasures to be found and if you do see something you like, you will need to snap it up fast as usually once it’s gone, it’s gone (although similar styles can be recreated!).

Additional details:
Prices for the seating currently on the website range from: £300 / USD$500-£1072 / USD$1770
For further information about Recreate visit: www.recreate.za.net

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