26th Oct, 2016

Pershore man hopes for UNIQ future

Aaron Wise 20th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE furniture shop which uses the growing movement of upcyling haggard goods, has showcased its talent in the Grand Design Live show.

Andrew Smith, started up his own furniture business after being made redundant from a 28 year teaching career, where he takes school, office and industrial furniture destined for landfill and refurbishes it for a new domestic life.

UNIQ Furniture featured in the Grand Design Live show at London’s Excel where

Mr Smith gave a demonstration to the public on the various stages, tools and equipment involved in taking a salvaged product to a high quality end product, known as upcycling.

Mr Smith also lead two, one hour workshops on the show hosted by TV’s Kevin McCloud, where members of the public each made an iPad stand using reclaimed timber from an old school lab bench top.

Mr Smith said: “I was a Design and Technology teacher of 28 years and started UNIQ after being made redundant in the summer of 2014.

“Having seen huge amounts of furniture being disposed of by schools throughout my teaching career, I decided to try and save the furniture by repairing, refurbishing and restyling it for a new upcycled domestic life.

“Upcycling aims to re-use products into new usable items, reducing landfill whilst aiming to produce unique and sometimes quirky and stylish items that you certainly wouldn’t find on the high street or your local retail park!”

Mr Smith will be holding courses at his workshop next month for anyone who would like to try an upcycle of their own.

To book a place on the workshop go to www.craftcourses.com or to find out more about UNIQ, visit www.uniqfurniture.com