Sometimes we end up with comfy, ugly stuff we need. Like an armchair that we didn’t choose for it’s floral and brown pattern :(

As Emily Campbell writes in the foreword to the book, sometimes hating something is a powerful force for change. I needed an armchair. I hated how this one looked. I changed it. Sorry Marks and Spencer.

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This is also one of my favourite photos in the book. Taken by Mark Vessey

Teenage boys seem to get really upset by these “gay” shoes. I agree with them, they are possibly the gayest shoes ever. Not intentionally. They started off as a repair and the attitude is not in their gayness but in the “What happens if I continue adding after what needs repairing is repaired?” I like the juxtaposition of technical training shoe and decorative butterfly patch. The world needs more gay shoes like these!

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“If something looks awkward cut it in half then it will look half as awkward!” This project is about chopping stuff in half and seeing the potential of overlooked things. Chopping anything in half makes you look at that thing in a new way and reconsider the use. Here an ugly taxable is cut in half to make consoles and trestles. Awesome reflection of the Pavillon wallpaper by Osborne and Little on the glass table top.

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Here’s a close up detail of the chandelier made from Sellotape (or other clear adhesive tape) Don’t use the one with the golden tint. The clear one works better. You can use 50mm or 25mm to wrap.

I’m excited to be extending this project next month in Hong Kong in a project called Open Light where participants will make 100 moulds and then wrap 100 chandeliers for the exhibition. More on that soon. Meantime here’s the detail.

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The Autumn shelf is about to drop in the UK today. The jet stream has moved and colder, wetter weather is due. This project from the book is very easy, anyone can achieve great results. By results I mean ordinary plimsoles made extraordinarily waterproof, so that when it does start raining at least your toes will be dry. Your ordinary plimsoles will also look much better :)

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