Award Winning Furniture and Lighting
Located – Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, DE22 3BG
Contact – +44 (0)1332 919085
Web site – http://upcycledcreative.co.uk
I met up with Lee Richards this morning, while he had his hands around a slim mannequin. He is the owner of Upcycled Creative based in Derby, who makes lights and furniture using reclaimed bits found at salvage yards, car boot sales and auctions. Combined with the bits he finds he uses his creative talents to make unique one-off products that will make a statement in any interior. This is not Ikea so don’t expect to buy one of these pieces for £15. Lee’s work is completely handmade and as well as the hours that go into making each piece, the parts alone are worth a lot, some coming from the early/mid 19th century.
Lee working on his mannequin light.
Upcycled Creative is run from a small open workshop at the Markeaton craft village. People can view Lee’s already made products on display while he enthusiastically works on his latest project, he might even make you a coffee. Among the bits he sells from his workshop he takes on private commissions in the commercial sector, often being approached by local Derby restaurants from the likes of The Almanac, Oliver’s and The Palfrey. His lights have also gone global from Hungary to Isreal and have been snapped up by celebrities.
Having been able to visit the workshop, see and feel the workmanship of the products they really are top quality British made products. I highly recommend a visit and a chat, even if you choose not to buy anything.
Photography © Daniel Dytrych