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Welcome to Remade in Britain, the UK’s largest online marketplace dedicated to upcycling, vintage and sustainability. Our community gathers together the country’s finest designers and crafters to showcase the very best in upcycled furniture, homewares and fashion. Browse our site for re-purposed, recycled and renovated products for your every need and desire – with furniture, home accessories, clothing plus salvage and upcycling materials available to buy online from our star-studded cast of fabulous retailers! We are not only the UK’s premier upcycling marketplace – we are also a close-knit community only too keen to share ideas and inspiration for your own upcycle projects, with blogs and social media pages buzzing with creativity, imagination and practical hints and tips. So join us today to jump into an online upcycled universe!What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is more than one of the most popular design trends of the new millennium – it’s a way of life, a creative ideology that combines style with sustainability. Upcycling takes broken, discarded or unwanted materials that are traditionally thought of as waste and transforms them into beautiful and functional original creations, such as furniture and home accessories. It’s an eco-friendly design ethos that takes recycling to a whole new level. Where recycling can be as basic as pulping cardboard to make paper or crushing glass to make builder’s sand, upcycling is always creative and conceptual – making waste materials into stunning original artefacts with personality and practical value. Upcycling is to recycling what reincarnation is to decomposition! We don’t just reuse salvaged scrap – we rejuvenate it, giving it a new lease of life in statement pieces that pay tribute to old functions whilst staying stylish with the latest design innovations. Almost anything can be created into upcycled furniture and home accessories – all it takes is a little imagination and creativity. From tables and chairs, and beds and dressing tables, to lamps and storage – we have a wide range on offer.
At Remade in Britain our retailers have salvaged dilapidated antiques from thrift markets and junkyards and restored them into show-stealing statement pieces of furniture and homewares with more than their original charm. They’ve searched scrap yards and landfill sites and turned industrial relics, decommissioned builder’s materials and household junk into unique design features and practical works of art – using reclaimed scaffold boards, repurposed pallets, vehicle parts, shopping trolleys, pipework, household appliances ... and almost anything you can think of! Upcycling doesn’t have to be large scale – our retailers also use retro fabrics, vintage magazines and revived buttons, ribbons and beads to reupholster, decoupage and accessorise their creations into totally one-of-a-kind items. Upcycling is fantastic for the environment – it gives us a way to furnish our homes and stock our wardrobes which reduces landfill waste and prevents us gobbling up non-renewable resources to make new. It’s also a great way to save pennies without sacrificing style. With a few basic techniques you could create the upcycled furniture or clothes of your dreams, rather than forking out for boring mass-produced items from commercial superstores.
As more of us grow tired of living in a throwaway society the upcycling trend has grown ever more popular – championed by television giants such as Kirsty Allsop and Kevin McCloud who, like us, believe that revitalising the country’s make-do-and-mend ethos will lead us to a design revolution where we truly appreciate the value of our possessions. Combining fashion with eco-friendliness, creativity with thrift and old with new, upcycling cherishes the past for a greener, richer and more exciting future.What is Vintage, Retro and Shabby-Chic Style?
Remade in Britain also welcomes retailers selling vintage, retro or shabby-chic style items. Why? Because they’re all part of the extended upcycling family! Upcycling is all about celebrating the history of our possessions – whether we preserve the evidence of a past function or pay tribute to a historical design trend that characterised an era. Lovingly restored retro and vintage furniture items can be a great starting point to makeover your home in the style of a favourite period – think 1920’s art deco, 1950’s kitsch or 1970’s hippie-chic! The same is true of vintage and retro inspired clothing – helping you step out in style in a history-rich ensemble which evokes the glamour of past decades. Salvaging and restoring vintage and retro antiques is simply another form of upcycling – and just like upcycling it’s great for the environment and promotes that connection with the past that makes for really authentic personable possessions.
Shabby-chic is a design trend which celebrates rather than scorns the effects of time, emphasising or exaggerating marks of wear and tear for a truly aged look – be it a torn hem on a grungy denim dress or a distressed paint effect on a mid-century furniture piece. Our fabulous designers use a range of ingenious design techniques to emphasise antique features and restore vintage, retro or shabby-chic pieces to their former glory. Sanding, waxing and varnishing aged wood is a great way to renew tired finishes, drawing the eye to beautiful natural wood patterns. Decoupage and re-upholstery with vintage fabrics and wallpapers is a contemporary design solution which, paradoxically, can help root the antique more firmly in its past. And a coat of best-selling chalk paint in your favourite colours is always a great way to make old treasures co-ordinate with modern interiors!
All these design techniques provide us with ways to preserve or enhance the unique time-worn qualities of preloved antiques, showing that age is not only natural but beautiful and exciting – with every item telling a different story. That’s what upcycled, vintage, retro and shabby-chic design is all about: celebrating the personality, history and character of one-of-a-kind relics that just need to be reloved with a little bit of upcycling skill to make cutting-edge style pieces for your home or wardrobe.What is Upcycled Furniture?
Our collection of upcycled furniture is truly unparalleled: with recycled, repurposed, renovated, reloved and reused home accessories for every room. You can create the beautiful bedroom of your dreams with upcycled beds, wardrobes and dressing tables; craft a kooky kitchen with thrifted wall units, side tables and stools; or entertain guests in style with a cutting edge dining room accessorised with a reclaimed table, vintage chairs and a hand-painted sideboard. You could give your bathroom a modern makeover with industrial mirrors, armchairs and cabinets; liven up your living room with preloved sofas, coffee tables and blanket boxes; or shabby-chic your children's rooms with distressed chest of drawers, toy boxes and cushions. Sustainable style needn't end at your front door – you could renew your office with upcycled cupboards, desks and clocks or revitalise your garden with recycled deck chairs, planters and travel accessories.Who are Remade in Britain?
Remade in Britain was masterminded by our founder Donna Fenn as a place for the UK’s top upcyclers, crafters and salvage experts to get together and sell their upcycled furniture and homewares, share ideas and inspiration and connect with the ever-growing recycling community. With over 300 talented retailers all under one roof – a number growing day by day as exciting new designers jump on board, choosing our site to reach a wider audience with their upcycled products – you’ll find an endless collection of unique upcycled items available to buy online today.
With superstar designers such as Channel 4’s Max McMurdo and Harry Dwyer on board, you know you’ll have a choice of items which boast the latest innovations and design techniques. Every item for sale at Remade in Britain is totally unique – be it a hand-painted antique, a wacky re-purposed piece or handcrafted embroidered wall art – so you know whenever you buy from us you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind item. It’s the perfect way to find eye-catching statement pieces that will get all your guests talking, utterly individual gifts for the ones you love or cherished family heirlooms that will be passed down through the generations.
Our collection of upcycled furniture includes beds, tables, chest-of-drawers, desks and dressing tables – with a full range of those all-important home accessories, with everything from lampshades to clocks to candles. In our clothing section you’ll find trend-setting reclaimed couture for men, women and children with hats, shirts, dresses, waistcoats, jewellery and bags for every occasion. With homeware and fashion upcycled in all the latest styles – from vintage to retro, country cottage to shabby-chic, there really is something for everyone. And it’s not all about selling furniture and clothes – at Remade in Britain you’ll also find blogs, tutorials and advice on our social media pages and tickets for courses and events sold by our retailers. It’s an excellent way to help up-and-coming designers connect with new clients and put their brand on the wider upcycling community radar.
So if you’re inspired, why not join us today? There are so many ways to get involved – whether you’d like to become a Remade retailer, share your latest creations on our Remade in Britain twitter hour or just go shopping to find yourself a totally original thrifted treasure. The upcycling revolution is only just beginning!Read More