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Donna Walker Design
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For centuries, domestic furniture has lived alongside us silently, encouraging interaction with the body and serving its purpose as a functional object. Because of their usefulness, they can stay with us for a long time. Being in our everyday lives, they absorb the memories and histories around them, acting as a material testament to people or occasions, so much so that they can become containers of memories.

However, in today’s consumerist society of six-month leases and three-month fashions, small scratches and imperfections on household furniture, are accepted as reasons for replacement and disposability is encouraged. As designers and manufacturers continue to re-design the chair, or the table for example, to suit an aesthetical preference, do they think about how much of our world’s resources they are condemning to landfill? And if we are discarding these ‘containers of memories’ then are we not, in effect, condemning our memories?

‘Re-Design’ is a project by interdisciplinary designer/maker Donna Walker, which addresses the need for desirable, fashionable furniture, but does so by recognising the worth and value in unfashionable or damaged objects, using existing, unwanted or discarded furniture found on the streets of Leeds, or donated to the project, as the material and framework of the products. Whilst making no attempt to remove the scratches and dents, which reflect the war wounds of their previous lives, she celebrates them. Transforming the objects into objects of contemporary design, breathing new life into tired old objects and increasing the longetivity of them, whilst still retaining a part of their previous history. Showing that yesterday’s junk can be today’s treasure.

  • Dress it Up Donna Walker Design Dining roomChairs & benches

    Dress it Up

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["IN"] [Published] Trendy DIY lamps for a small Indian Home
    ["PK"] [Published] ایک چھوٹے پاکستانی گھر کے لیے گھر میں بن سکنے والے جدید لیمپ

    A selection of the finished pieces after the workshop at the On The Fence exhibition, Leeds.

    Materials: Found chairs, table and lamp, donated second hand clothing, and fire retardant fabric.

    Copyright Donna Walker, 2007

  • When 1 becomes 2 Donna Walker Design Living roomLighting

    When 1 becomes 2

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["KR"] [Published] 거실의 가치를 높여주는 조명 아이디어

    Found separately, they come together to make two wall lamps.

    Materials : Found Lampshade and lamp stand, donated fabric, light fitting.

    Copyright Donna Walker, 2007.

  • When 1 becomes 2 - detail Donna Walker Design Living roomLighting

    When 1 becomes 2—detail

    Found separately, they come together to make two wall lamps.

    Materials : Found Lampshade and lamp stand, donated fabric, light fitting.

    Copyright Donna Walker, 2007.

  • Irony Donna Walker Design ArtworkOther artistic objects

    Irony

    The Ironing board is predominantly seen as a feminine object
    associated with domestic chores. The re-design of this object playfully subverts how it is perceived. By imbedding it with a masculine aesthetic, and transforming it into a stylish lazy chair, ensures that you'll never associate this ironing board with chores again.

    Materials: Found ironing board, leather cut-offs, buttons and reclaimed MDF.

    © Donna Walker, 2007

  • Irony Donna Walker Design ArtworkOther artistic objects

    Irony

    The Ironing board is predominantly seen as a feminine object
    associated with domestic chores. The re-design of this object playfully subverts how it is perceived. By imbedding it with a masculine aesthetic, and transforming it into a stylish lazy chair, ensures that you'll never associate this ironing board with chores again.

    Materials: Found ironing board, leather cut-offs, buttons and reclaimed MDF.

    © Donna Walker, 2007

  • Commodious Donna Walker Design BedroomSofas & chaise longue

    Commodious

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["IT"] [Published] Poltroncine di design: comode da utilizzare e belle da vedere!

    No longer a toilet, Commodious now has a useful drawer underneath the seat, made from reclaimed skirting board, for accessible convenient storage.

    Materials: Found commode, reclaimed skirting board, fabric cut-offs from local upholsterer, and paint.

    Copyright Donna Walker, 2007

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