Pattern Application: Repetition For Rejuvenation

oliver Furniture, General, Materials, Recycling / upcycling


It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that pattern is creeping into all areas of our homes. What I’ve recently been noticing is that it’s now being applied to some really unusual materials and even as a means to upcycle furniture that otherwise might be taking up space at a landfill site.

Adding texture and relief gives products character, identity and perhaps even a new purpose in life. And what better material to rejuvenate than wood? Rachel Powell has created a really unique collection of handmade wood veneer lampshades and surfaces. These designs can add a really nice retro touch to any home.



Sticking with wood, what about these really interesting tattooed tables? ‘Tattooed?’, I hear you ask. But that’s exactly what they are. These Reddish designs treat the table as a living body, with the wood texture acting as the skin and the design literally tattooed onto the surface. The digital printing technology allows each table to be completely unique. Perfect if you’re thinking about a real tattoo but don’t like the thought of the pain.



On a smaller but equally beautiful scale, these lace-design chopping boards from QuirkyMe are great and would make an ideal present. Now I know it’s still a while away yet, and I’m not going to mention the ‘C’ word, but you know what comes around every 25th December don’t you?



For a great example of how a pattern can really rejuvenate old or unwanted furniture, look at Up by Jo Gibbs. Using her experience of years as a textile designer, Jo has used patterns to really give old furniture a new lease of life. Even objects as simple as these metal frame chairs can be completely rejuvenated.

Danish SnedkerËšStudio use an old-fashioned marbling technique to give old wood a more vibrant appearance.  Nominated for a Danish Biennale for Crafts and Design award 2011, the jury said ‘Marbelous Wood’ was ‘using an old and almost forgotten technique to vitalise a simple pinewood floor and turn it into a powerful visual, almost psychedelic experience’. It certainly is really striking when it covers a whole, large area of floor.



Finally, product designer Tomas Kral is using traditional techniques usually reserved for high-end crystal and glassware to ‘upgrade’ existing industrial glass packaging, such as milk bottles and sauce jars. I bet you never thought milk bottles could look this good.