The last few years have seen interior designers taking great inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly when it comes to kitchen, dining and living areas. Vintage furniture from these decades has come back into fashion and we are coveting the wooden sideboards our grandparents had, wanting to bring them into our own modern interior schemes.
I recently came across the work of furniture designer Lucy Turner at the Upcycled exhibition held at the trendy vintage and retro department store The Old Cinema in Chiswick, London. Lucy’s work stood out as fresh and exciting examples of mid-century furniture brought up-to-date with contemporary motifs and colour.
Cornwall designer Lucy specialises in customizing and transforming mid-century furniture with the clever use of laser cut Formica® laminate. She utilises the latest technologies and materials in the creation of her bespoke furniture.
Lucy chooses modern colour, often in bright shades, with geometric shapes and stripes to enhance her pieces of wooden furniture. She also works with quirky and playful motifs and symbols such as flamingos, pineapples and birds.
Buying furniture by designers such as Lucy Turner is a practical and eco-friendly way of furnishing your home, but in the knowledge that you’re purchasing something unique and stylish. Lucy’s laminate fascias protect the wood beneath so you’re looking at furniture that will continue to stand the test of time.
I love upcycled furniture and homewares; it’s great to see designers coming up with innovative reinventions for selected vintage pieces.
Lucy Turner is beginning to be recognised as an important figure in contemporary furniture design. The young designer has recently been snapped up to create pieces for John Lewis and her work has been featured in national newspapers and interiors magazines. She certainly has a bright future ahead of her!
Sophie brings a love of design, styling and interiors to her blog - always with a vintage, eclectic twist. She prides herself on finding and unveiling beautiful and unusual creations and ideas. Take a look at her blog here - hiddenblossom.com. You can follow Sophie on Twitter @ahiddenblossom. Read more posts by Sophie.