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Bold upholstery brings furniture back to life at London Design Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:46 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:49 10 September 2014

Sofa by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul Craig

Sofa by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul Craig

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Interior designer Zoe Brewer has teamed up with furniture restoring social enterprise Out of the Dark to create a colourful range of re-upholstered pieces launching at the Queen’s Park Design District, part of LDF 2014.

Bed by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul CraigBed by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul Craig

Using pieces from Out of the Dark’s “furniture graveyard,” Brewer collaborated with the enterprise, which trains and employs disadvantaged young people to refurbish unwanted furniture, creating a range of vibrant pieces.

“The furniture we’ve created follows the theme of ‘out of the dark’ as it’s so bright and colourful,” says Brewer. “We’ve used 3-D felt flowers to create something really unusual as I think upholstery’s really fallen by the wayside in terms of being considered an art.

“These pieces tread the line between being over the top yet still totally functional.”

Assorted pieces of discarded furniture have been re-upholstered by Brewer and the young people at Out of the Dark, in bright, luxurious velvets and festooned with felt flowers.

Chair by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul CraigChair by Zoe Brewer London and Out of the Dark. Photo: Paul Craig

“The pieces are a mixture of rescue furniture and items sourced especially for the project. We’ve got 1930s sitting next to more modern items.”

The range steers clear of jumble sale territory through the professional finishing and strong overriding vision.

All the pieces are for sale during the festival and Out of the Dark are also running upholstery workshops for people who want to try their hand at it themselves.

Brewer will also be on hand all week offering advice to people who might like the look or idea of the existing pieces but who want something slightly different to fit into their home.

“The capsule collection of products we have created for LDF is aimed at getting creative juices flowing in terms of thinking outside of the box and pushing the boundaries of furniture re-cycling.”

Visit the project next week at South Kilburn Studios

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