British designer Zoe Murphy promotes the idea of ‘Loving what belongs to you’ by printing onto recycled furniture and textiles. Her imagery is inspired by her seaside hometown – Margate in Kent, England adding a story and charm to her work.
After graduating with a first class degree in Printed Textiles in 2008, Zoe decided to pursue her passion for recycling and reusing discarded furniture. She also seeks to encourage others to consume more carefully and with more responsibility.
The prints she uses to upcycle existing furniture and textiles draw their inspiration from her seaside hometown of Margate, Kent. Like many seaside resorts in the UK, which used to be buzzing with holiday makers and the brights lights of tourist funfairs and arcades.
They remain a mere shadow of their past glory with many landmarks being left empty and run down. These small reminders of better times come with a certain charm and glamour.
Zoe incorporates Margate into her pieces to reflect her core values of finding potential in things that others may have forgotten and discarded. She brings her vintage furniture back to life giving it a new face and a new lease of life.
Her re-use of mid twentieth century furniture pieces and patterns has been noticably inspired by the Formica style so prevalent in her home town, giving her work a 1950s feel.
This relatively simple and elegant furniture is transformed into vibrant and optimistic new work with an entirely new identity.
The theme of reusing and recycling is central to Zoe’s work and she places particular emphasis on the importance of re-using as much of a material as is possible and using environmentally friendly products.
Zoe’s furniture has previously been selected for the ‘New Designers’ showcase in Islington, she has also exhibited in the Tent London ‘Talentzone’ section and at ‘Meuble Paris’ as part of the Maison Objet shows in Paris.
She is an exciting new young designer to watch out for and shows at exhibitions and events all around the country, she is based in Margate and her works are available to order from her studio.