Madeleine Boulesteix & Urban Upholstery team up for a winter show of stylish recreations for the home. 16th Nov 2009 – 10th Jan 2010. Private View the 29th of November from 3pm to 6pm.
A sale of opulent lighting and beautiful furniture made by designers who are committed to reusing salvaged items. Quality and attention to detail are paramount.
Madeleine Boulesteix uses old kitchen items to build contemporary classical chandeliers and Urban Upholstery revives found or existing furniture matching highly skilled craftsmanship and individual style.
Both have over 15 years experience at their trade and are pioneers of recycling.
Venue: Urban Upholstery showroom, 21 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 5SF. tel: +44 (0) 207 2759436
Madeleine Boulesteix: "I started making chandeliers after finding 40 facetted glass drops in a pile of rubbish. First I made one for myself, which led to ideas for another and another and so on and I’ve been making them ever since.
When I started to gather things to make a structure with, I discovered that all the items I needed were already there just waiting for me to assemble them. I searched in charity shops, car boot sales and scrap metal yards. I don’t remember ever making a decision to use kitchenware I just found that they supplied so many useful forms, like circular metal objects - sometimes already with holes in. I prefer to work with things I’ve found and let their qualities dictate what happens.
Old kitchen utensils are really familiar objects but to me not very useful in their traditional role. I’ve never used a pastry cutter for pastry or a toast rack for toast but they seem nice jaunty objects with more potential, so I liberate them from their domestic duties by incorporating them in my chandeliers."