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.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Colourful Hemp Chairs, London

Hemp Chairs by © Studio Aisslinger in Soho, London. Courtesy of 19 Greek Street.

Studio Aisslinger is based in Berlin and was founded by the German designer Werner Aisslinger. His works cover the spectrum of experimental, artistic approaches, including industrial design and architecture.

He seeks to use the latest technology in creating his designs and has helped introduce new materials and techniques to the world of product design. The stackable monobloc hemp chairs are made from hemp and kenaf, which are both renewable materials and have been designed for a lightweight eco friendly manufacturing process.

 

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Reversible Bench, London

Siri Bench by Claudia Moreira Salles | © Espasso. Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Asturias Chair, London

Asturias | Carlos Motta | © Espasso
Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Number 19 Greek Street – Storytelling, Recycling & Contemporary Design

© Jamie McGregor Smith | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

During the London Design Festival one  of my favourite venues was 19 Greek Street. This brand new gallery established by Marc Péridis, Designer and Creative Director of the design studio Montage, aims to be London’s hub for craft, excellence and socially responsible design.

19 Greek Street

The impressive six-floor Victorian townhouse aims to become a centre for distinctive design storytelling, bringing together handpicked pieces from international design studios, as well as housing the UK outpost of ESPASSO, the much acclaimed US specialists in modernist and contemporary Brazilian design.

JZ Tea Trolley | Jorge Zalszupin | © Espasso
Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Cantante Lamp | Etel Carmona | © Espasso
Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

19 Greek Street seeks to merge elements of social responsibility, recycling and contemporary design. The top floor design studio / workshop allows users to engage with the design processes of highly crafted pieces from the Australian design collective supercyclers.

Supercyclers | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

It features both commercial and non-commercial pieces in exhibition and showroom environments, while also featuring a screening/lecture room and a workshop space where guests can engage with the process: the work behind the work.

Solar Sinter | © Markus Kayser | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Solar Sinter | © Markus Kayser | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Fuelled by an innate sense of curiosity and exploration, Péridis’ extensive travels through the world’s design hubs of New York, Miami, São Paulo, Berlin, Milan, have set the tone for the space.

© Kate Elliott | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

This inaugural collection showcases works by an international stable of established design talents alongside emerging newcomers. The pristine white interior allows each exhibited piece of furniture to be presented individually and stand out to show every detail.

Elements | © Juan Pablo Naranjo Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Péridis says of his decision to set up 19 Greek Street: “I am one of those people who plays with design like a child plays with his toys – with amazement and bewilderment, seeing an infinite potential in everything I find. This is design. So, for me, the idea was simple. I found a building that was looking for stories to tell, and I found stories that were dying to be told.”

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Natural Grain Kite Stool, London

Natural Grain Kite Stool by Blakebrough + King  © Supercyclers.
Photo Courtesy of 19 Greek Street. The stool was created from natural food by-products such as wheat and rice straw and moulded using resin.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Coffee Bean Chair, London

Chair made from coffee bean sack at 19 Greek Street, London.