I have a great passion for English design, from textiles and clothing.... to furniture and paintings. There is a certain freedom and creativity in the design that I think is the result of the "eccentricity" of the English!!! The art schools have adventurous students, who lack fear in their creative explorations. They mix old and new, pattern and color, shape and materials in "tricky" ways......often, with tongue in cheek!!!
Royal College of Art graduate, Fabien Cappello's unique furniture from "reclaimed" Christmas trees, is a wonderful example of the quirky, thoughtfulness of English design. According to Cappello, "this project is built up around the waste generated by the Christmas industry. There are 1.8 million Christmas trees in the streets of London in January. I took advantage of this huge amount of wood shipped every year in the city." Begun in December 2007, using the trunks and tree stands as timber, the small branches as dowels, and the needles to create a new compressed board material..........Cappello created a "bespoke" collection of small occasional pieces of furniture. When asked if he was thinking "green" Cappello said, "the project is not about waste collection or recycling, but rather how people integrate with urban environments." The collection was shown as part of the graduate shown at the RCA.
Given my love of odd and unusual accessories, I adore these small pieces and would love to have one under my "Christmas tree" this year!!!!