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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

by , 07/11/14

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Hilary Jack, Packwood Mansion, upcycled furniture, upcycled art

The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood Follies turns garbage as a folkloric bed and cabin. The quirky cabin evokes historical fairy tales while transmitting a valuable message about resource conservation.



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Hilary Jack, Packwood Mansion, upcycled furniture, upcycled art

The sprawling Tudor manor house in Lapworth, Warwickshire was built in 1925 on rolling hills and given to the National Trust in 1941, and became the scene of regular exhibitions and art installations. In a tribute to the host house, Jack gathered salvaged faux Tudor furniture in all shapes, sizes and scraps to create the creepy cottage called InsideOutHouse. Ornate chair legs, table tops and disassembled bureaus of different finishes and quality have been joined together to make a patchwork façade. Using these scraps destined for the landfill, Jack has created a forest home that looks fitting for a hobbit, or a character from a Grimm fairy tale.

Related: Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Hive can be found in between the manor’s formal gardens and bushes. Using found wood gathered from the property, the pieces have been reassembled together to make miniature mansions, each holding a beehive for the pollinators on the grounds.

The third piece, Embedded, is an oversized four poster bed, evoking the canopy beds of the mansion. Jack carved the ornate bed frame from a coppiced Oak tree that was cut down to make room for new trees. The giant bed welcomes visitors to relax in the middle of the manor’s garden, offering a moment of relaxation with nature.

+ Hilary Jack

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