From Shopping Trollies to Airplane Wings……

07 Jun


As you have probably noticed I could write a million posts on upcycling.  With my “why did I not think of that??” mentality calmed down with the, “OK so really would I be willing to create a new book-case out of several egg cartons and washing up liquid bottles and sell it on etsy?” reality check, I constantly marvel at those who do look at a bath tub, shopping trolly or milk crate and create a masterpiece that would not look out-of-place in a high-end home.   Upcycled (whose signage is above) have created a great website which celebrates this initiative and creativity, inviting students through to established designers to showcase their upcycling talents… so if you are into making a new treasure from trash and your imagination then just send them an email together with a few photo’s to promote your sustainable talent.  Whilst they are based in the UK I don’t think that they are only showcasing the British talent.

So now it is time for me to showcase one of my fave finds…..


Q….what do you shopping trolleys, bath tubs and surf boards have in common???

A…….They are all forms of seating of course……….


Reestore take everyday waste objects and playfully upcycle them into beautiful accessories and functional pieces of furniture.  Thanks to some additional funding from the TV show “The dragons Den” they have been able to upscale their projects further. All have a little story attached so these new treasures do not forget their roots so to speak.. for example “Annie the shopping trolley chair is perhaps the most iconic of ditch fillers.” Date of Birth 2001… Occupation: I used to be a shopping trolly.  


And I would like to introduce you to Deborah…. yes you have guessed it she used to be an airplane wing.  I love the fact that Reestore request that you call them before ordering as wing styles may vary depending on what they have in stock… meaning no Deborah will ever be the same!


Once you have these pieces of furniture if you find that a little someone is missing in your life to snuggle up with on your new bath couch, or you need someone to listen intently to your business plans drawn up on your airplane desk…. then do not despair, let me introduce you to George, Rocky and Karis.


Every George is different and has a belly button and kiss on the bottom.  They are also able to make one up in your own material if you would like George to match your decor! Or if a cat or bunny is more your thing then you may like Karis and Rocky who are calling you to adopt them….

Rocky and Karis

On with the colourful journey………….


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4 responses to “From Shopping Trollies to Airplane Wings……

  1. This Sydney Life

    June 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

    BCD – you have to be kidding! In London and posting… I applaud your dedication! Love that George has a belly-button and a kiss on his wee bum. 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      June 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I have a confession I wore a couple of posts and placed on schedule! So There are a couple more to come! But will hopefully have lots more stuff from my travels when I return! The kiss on the bottom is great isn’t it 😉 made me smile

  2. Tara Badcock

    June 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Great post!
    You might like to check out my friend Judith’s website, for me she is a queen of recycling/upcycling:

    • birdcagedesign

      June 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you Tara, I am so glad you enjoyed the post, I will definitely check out Judith’s site. Sounds fab!


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