Urban Art Deco, Furniture Hacking

Vintage furniture with a contemporary twist. what could be better!? May I coin the phrase “Urban Art Deco”?

Before & After

When I was commissioned by “Out of the Dark” run by Jay Blades and Jade Blades, I couldn’t be happier. Not only do they produce some very cool customized furniture, they do it all as a social enterprise that beautifully restores salvaged furniture as a means to train, and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

They invited me to create a limited edition piece to add to their range. Here’s a “before & after” plus an insight into the process I used to transform a salvaged Art Deco chest of draws..

As the chest of draws themselves were a nice simple Art Deco style, I wanted to creat a design & colour scheme that would compliment this. Allowing myself to be heavily influenced by iconic Art Deco design, I researched and sketched, eventually settling on the peacock motif. This elegant but cheeky character adds movement & playfulness to the piece. I added alternating black and gold handles for even more personality. This was really fun project, more coming soon so watch this space!
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The Process

Below is my rough initial sketch. I chose to use stencil and spray paint to create the design as it would give a slicker finish than hand painting. Shot of the stencil being cut also below.

I really wanted to allow some of the original wood grain show through in the design, so had to consider this when cutting my multi-layer stencils.

As the design was quite detailed I chose to stick with a minimal colour scheme. Black & gold seemed the perfect choice, being classic Art Deco but also reminiscent of oriental design, which I love so much, and feels quite luxurious.

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