Andrea Stemmer | Furniture

Up-cycling

Up-cycling is the opposite of down-cycling. Down-cycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Up-cycling is about reconfiguring old products and materials, to give them more value, not less.

“Up-cycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”

In September 2009 as part of the London design festival KAY+STEMMER took part in the ‘food with thought’ exhibition where various design companies hung examples of their work in the rafters of Borough Market. We used discarded fruit boxes and reclaimed pine to start the tutti frutti range that the brie table is an example of. This started a new passion in my life.

I love up-cycling because I use cast away products and materials combined with fine craftsmanship to create quality products full of nostalgia, history and patina. Up-cycling brings life back to waste materials and adds value though skill, contemporary design, handwork and creativity.

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Brie Upcycled Stool

I reconfigure, re-use, recycle, and refinish discarded products and materials that I find to transform them into beautiful and useful objects that people can love again.

My up-cycled products are full of life, fun and humanity—they embody people’s lives from the past with new relationships that I forge as I collect materials from local shops, and the nearby waste recycling centre.

I would love to create a workspace in my home town that offers re-skilling, re-making and recycling opportunities for young people based on workshop scale production.

In my shop you can purchase the Tutti Frutti bin, magazine holder and Brie table.