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According to Wikipedia, (not that I rely on this for general info), the definition of Upcycling is ʻ...the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental valueʼ.

With TV shows such as BBC1s ʻMoney for Nothingʼ and ʻKirstieʼs Fill your House for Freeʼ on Channel 4, as well as inspiration from Pinterest and numerous blogs, it should be pretty easy to transform that tired old chair that was destined for the tip into a throne fit for a queen. But not all of us are as practical as we like to think we are.

You may have all the enthusiasm for your amazing project at the start, but many of us run out of time, donʼt have the technical know-how or simply give up.

So, why not bring your ideas - and chair - to us at Porcupine Rocks where we can do all the hard work for you. Our bespoke upholstery service has recently just given a new lease of life to a well loved Le Corbusier chair using a witty skull and bones 'Mrs. Ples' fabric from Design Team Fabrics. Not only is this a beautiful fabric to work with, it has created a stunning piece of furniture which is unique and seriously comfortable, even by Corbusier's high standards. Upcycling at itʼs best.

At Porcupine Rocks, we love nothing more than breathing new life into objects with our bespoke upholstery service, and can revamp anything from blinds to bed heads, ottomans to cushions, sofas to curtains. Or, if you do change your mind, we can also design from new to create an eye-catching piece for any room.

If you are feeling brave and want to tackle your project yourself, then take a look at our fabulously original fabrics, sourced from a carefully handpicked collection of extremely innovative textile designers based in South Africa.

So go on, give upcycling a go, or if you donʼt feel confident enough, let us do it for you. Not only can you inject a new lease of life into those tired and worn out pieces of furniture, but recycling is also one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, meaning you not only get a stunning ʻnewʼ room, but you are safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit to help the environment at the same time.


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