Kate Noakes is among the increasing amount of designers working with old, discarded furniture and ‘upcycling’ it. A cursory look on her website will make her vision clear: Re imagined, Recycled, Redesigned.
As she says herself, “My aim is to return something discarded to a new and vibrant life. It is important to me that to work only with wooden furniture that has reached the end of its life in its present form, and is in need of reconditioning and reinventing.
“Each piece of furniture I redesign is unique, its origin in the mid-20th Century in turn inspiring my own designs, but from a contemporary perspective.”
Kate – who was previously artist-in-residence at Middlesborough Football Club – executes her designs in pure tin before doing her inlays with gesso. Her work is truly unique, with a fun retro vibe that really maintains a sense of style. The use of tin, combined with the geometry of her inlays, is reminiscent of mid-century ideas about the future.
Her designs will be on show at Tent 2012 – definitely not to be missed!