So to complement my selection of reclaimed vintage clothing and accessories I thought it would be SO COOL to have a booth built from reclaimed furniture and building materials!
And actually, it's the perfect time of year to be undertaking a project like this since it's moving season. Living in downtown Toronto it's not uncommon to see abandonned furniture from someone's move sitting out at the curb. But being the Sept 1st apartment shuffle I'm really striking gold. I spent 3 hours last night roaming through residential areas and managed to collect 4-5 different types of dresser drawers, 1 night table, 1 folding table with turned legs, 3 head boards, 1 large vintage pictures frame and some vintage baseboard scraps.
My idea is to make a modular stacking dresser out of random mismatched drawers and some sort of matching cash desk that also stacks up. If a cash desk isn't needed the stacking compartments can be turned the opposite way and used for display.
There were many unknowns when I decided to embark on this project, the two main questions being: where will we get the materials (solved) and who will build these exciting new fixtures for me?
The ever helpful girls at Fresh Collective had lots of suggestions and after consulting them I decided to split the project up and go with two designers. Tricia of Spruce Clothing and Danielle of Zippan Designs suggested Lucas Baker. Lucas designed a new trade show booth to showcase Danielle's jewellery line last winter. Lucas specializes in custom wood working so I knew he could do something really special for me.
My colleague Shannon of Things Aren't So Terrible suggested her business partner and husband Scott of Able Creates. Scott and Shannon do all sorts of things including silkscreening (for their own business as well as custom designs for other businesses), graphic design & web design but I had no idea they were also builders!
So after meeting with both Lucas and Scott we generated many great ideas and I decided to divide up the project between the two of them.
So back to my adventure lastnight in collecting castoff furniture. After collecting all those treasures I was so excited that I still couldn't sleep so I decided to google upcycle furniture to get some ideas. And actually I found a lot of great things and dressers just like the one I'm hoping to have made. Here are some of the best ones I found:
I love the antiqued, distressed finish on the dresser (left)! I also collected a bunch of vintage and antique pictures frames so I can showcase some of our great photography at the show. I thought the display to the right was a great way to display collections of pictures although we will probably just hang them in the end. Unfortunately in my excitement of collecting inspiration images I forgot to bookmark some of the artists' pages. Hopefully I can come back and do that later.
|Right cabinet by Thomas Wold , left table by Valentin Loellmann|
|Left cabinet by Thomas Wold, right dresser by Rupert Blanchard|
|Both pieces by SchubLaden|
More beautiful mismatched drawer cabinets . . .
|Left dresser by Rupert Blanchard, right upcycled door cabinet by Chris Ruhe|
Stay tuned as I'll have more posts to come about our exciting work for the changerooms and rack fixtures!