Furniture that Speaks to Us

custom salvage furniture by rupert blanchard - styling and salvage via atticmagA talented ‘scrapper’ turns discarded signs and objects into custom salvage furniture.

When we were building our house I spent a good deal of time at salvage yards in search of reclaimed pieces. My front door was pulled from a shed, stripped, taken apart and reworked to fit our front door. I also preserved the original 1960s door hardware. So  a special fondness for furniture made by reclaim artist Rupert Blanchard is second nature for me. Blanchard works in London creating custom furniture such as tables, chairs and storage units from discarded billboards, drawers, metal tubing and even cardboard boxes. For Blanchard, vintage is always a plus.

A former set designer, Blanchard scours his London neighborhood for discarded objects with character that can be repurposed. “It’s quite difficult to not become a hoarder,” he admits on a brief video that follows him around in his search for what he calls “random mundane sources” of objects.

Signage of all types is one of his ongoing furniture themes. He also likes to combine wood and metal in various furniture pieces. For me, his cabinets crafted from odd bits of signage are noteworthy because they speak to us in two ways – with the words and with the spirit of reshaping something discarded into art for the home. And not adding anything to a landfill.


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2 Responses to Furniture that Speaks to Us

  1. Silver Magpies March 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    That speaks to me too! Love how the signs are incorporated.



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