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By stripping the fabric from discarded luminaires, Donna Walker is able to expose the lamp’s original skeleton, revealing the dedicated work that once went into it. By simply swapping lamp bases, bulbs and wired-frames, she creates new and brilliant designs to call her own.

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A collection of random pieces of furniture from different manufacturers – using various types of woods and sources – were ‘unified’ into a dining set. One side is painted in a turquoise color, but the other is left bare to remind us of its past.

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Using fluorescent paint on an old, unloved chair magically transforms it into a funky self-confident design. But best of all? It’s cheap and takes virtually no time at all to create!

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Here, the edge of an old coffee table has been transformed into a small shelf to compliment the orange chair.


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The ‘Make Do and Mend’ series draws attention to the good old times, when people used to sew up holes in their socks or patch up their beloved clothes – instead of tossing them in the trash as our throwaway culture dictates today.

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A scribbled cabinet that used to belong to a local teenager was given a new layer and life. A pattern was created from photographs of the teens’ room and then screen-printed onto the furniture.

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Donna Walker shows us different ways that discarded, found and unloved pieces of furniture can be given a new life and a modern aesthetic.

Her exhibit will continue until the 2nd of October, and can be seen at The Residence Gallery in North London.

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