Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Out of the dark

If you are near west London this week, there's an interesting (and colourful, as you can see below) event going on in Shepherd's Bush until 29th. It's a pop-up shop/fundraiser, featuring furniture made by the very cool charity, Out of the Dark, which trains young people in need of skills and jobs to recycle and restore classic pieces of furniture.

The organisation found me on Facebook and I was really interested to discover what they do. So even if you can't make it, they're worth checking out (as is their tempting online shop).

               Orange G-plan dining table from the 1960s with chairs. Made in High Wycombe. £600 (sold)

It is a great idea and the training – headed by founders, Jay and Jade with an excellently placed combination experiences of photography, construction, textiles, design and teenage rebellion –  is clearly good, as the pieces produced are stunning and unusual. Here is a small selection of some from the pop-up to give you a taster (and there will be other things going on at the shop, including upcycling workshops)... 

Blue Ercol dining table and Ercol chairs. Made in High Wycombe. £450




But you can also find their striking furniture at their online shop or at their HQ in High Wycombe, once also home to design greats including G-Plan, Parker Knoll and Ercol. As well as selling items like the ones you can see here, other Out of the Dark services include interior design, sourcing and customisation of your own bits of furniture. 



                         Orange G-plan sideboard from the 1960s, made in High Wycombe. £400 


The workshop is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can see more details here, where there is also a list of events during May around the country where you can catch Out of the Dark playing away. 

                                                    Yellow/orange coat rack, found in Lille, £400 (sold)

The pop-up shop is hosted by two more excellent organisations, Petit Miracle Interiors and Design Bank. Find the event at JJB Sports Retail Unit,  West12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8PP. 


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