Zoe Murphy: Reinventing the British Seaside in Style

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

This relatively simple and elegant furniture is transformed into vibrant and optimistic new work with an entirely new identity.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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 Murphy. Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Zoe Murphy. Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

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.

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GOLRAN 1898 at the Equip’ Hotel

GOLRAN presented their 1898 Rug Collection at the Equip’ Hotel in Paris from the 11th – 15th of November.

Their collections were on display both vertically and horizontally, allowing visitors to experience the carpets both aesthetically and functionally.

Their new collections of reworked and reinterpreted carpets are now available on their website and in their showroom in Milan, Italy.

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.