Nina Tolstrup: Re-Imagined, Rescued & Reclaimed

© Jamie McGregor Smith | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

The Pallet Project exhibited at 19 Greek Street  by Danish London based designer Nina Tolstrup constructs furniture from the reclaimed wood of unused pallets.

Pallet Chair | © Nina Tolstrup | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

An organisation has now been set-up by Tolstrup in Lugano, Buenos Aires to help people emerge poverty through design training and development.

Pallet Chair ‘Pollocky’ by Gavin Turk ©Gavin Turk

London based Danish designer Nina Tolstrup founded Studiomama in 2000 with husband and design collaborator Jack Mama.

Nina Tolstrup in the studio ©Katherine Fawssett

Before settling in London, she trained as a designer at the prestigious Les Ateliers school of industrial design in Paris and has a BA in Marketing from the Business School in Copenhagen.

Bloomberg Chair | © Nina Tolstrup Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

True to Nina’s Scandinavian roots, simplicity and integrity are the trademarks of her work; a pared-down, contemporary but characterful aesthetic combined with a democratic belief in good design for all. Passionate beliefs in designing for the real world go a long way to explaining the timeless and unpretentious qualities of the studio’s work.

Rescued Chairs | © Nina Tolstrup Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

But whilst Studiomama’s work can be simple, honest and minimal it is always playful, irreverent and humorous. The Re-Imagine Project, also exhibited at 19 Greek Street are a series of brightly coloured re-upholstered (Rescued) chairs that combine the idea of resourcefulness and reinvention with an element of fun and style.

Rescued Chairs | © Nina Tolstrup & David David Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Both the pallet chairs and the rescued chairs come in a range of different colours and patterns, proving that reclaimed materials can be reworked into new and exciting designs.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Sabre Chair by Carlos Motta at 19 Greek Street, London

Sabre Carlos Motta for © Espasso courtesy of 19 Greek Street. 19 Greek Street is taking part in the London Design Festival from 14 September – 23 September and will be open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm Sun – 12pm – 6pm.

London Design Festival 2012 Best Picks

Since the London Design Festival started last Friday exhibitions are popping up all over the capitol. From over 300 hundred different events to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are the best picks for recycled related design events and exhibitions.

The V&A, the hub of the LDF has several sustainable design exhibitions, including E-side and the Evolutionary Wall. From 14-23 September at the V&A.

Tent London is regarded as the most cutting-edge and progressive trade exhibition during the London Design Festival. Housed in the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, it has a huge range of independent and fascinating designers exhibiting their work. Tent runs from 20-23 September.

100% Design is the largest and most prestigious single-site design event in the UK, it hosts a huge range of brilliant design talent from all around the world. From the 19-22 September at Earls Court Exhibition Centre 2, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA.

Decorex is a huge design show held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, this is for those with expensive taste, showing high end international interior design exhibits. From 23-26 September at Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London SW3 4SR.

At the DesignJunction the sustainable exhibition 2nd Cycle  will feature Artek, a Finnish furniture company, which seek to highlight the issue of conscious consuming and authentic design through an upcycling project. Their philosophy promotes traditional craftsmanship with modern interventions. “Nothing old is ever reborn but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been born, will always reappear in a new form.” -Alvar Aalto, one of the founders of Artek. A sale of second-hand vintage furniture run by Fernandez & Wells, will be available to buy at twentytwentyone. From 19 – 23 September at The Old Sorting Office New Oxford Street.

Mirror by Joe Gibbs courtesy of Designers Block

Designersblock at the Southbank Centre has a selection of sustainable furniture and lighting, featuring UTREM LUX, Polliander, Joe Gibbs and numerous other great designers. From the 20-23 September at the Southbank Centre.

Sustainable Furniture from LA: Blake Avenue

Joshua Tree Credenza by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue in LA has a wide selection of tables, shelves and cabinets made from reclaimed wood. The products are simple, elegant and beautifully crafted.

Shenandoah Desk by Blake Avenue

Most of the materials that go into Blake Avenue furniture is recovered from architecture that dates back 80 to 150 years and are hand picked and reworked to a high standard.

Krisel Dresser by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue seek to preserve precious materials with design and craftsmanship that will allow their pieces to last another lifetime.

Tall Lake Tahoe 3 Drawer Dresser by Blake Avenue

Every piece has its own unique characteristics carrying their own stories showing the  the complex and lengthy lifecycle these timbers, carrying with them a history of use and production that will never be repeated.

Shenandoah Hybrid Cabinet by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue gives these old and sturdy materials a new lease of life by incorporating them into contemporary designs and restoring them to a quality that is built to last.

Eckso Bench by Blake Avenue

Reclaimed Furniture from LA: MFEO

MFEO is a love story between its founders, Van and Claribelle, and their shared love for great design, vintage objects and the growing desire to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Industrial Grater pendant lights

Slatted Cyclone side table

The pair from Los Angeles seek to reduce the environmental impact of production by primarily using repurposed materials for their designs.

Slat & Dowel reclaimed coffee table

Stump & Pins coffee table

They have a great selection of coffee tables and side tales as well as repurposed lamps.

Skate Sconce wall lamp series

Factory Task lamp & sconce

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Reclaimed Demolition Materials Benches, Buenos Aires – Argentina

Reclaimed Demolition Materials Benches by Gruba design studio, Buenos Aires.