Kevin's SUPERSIZED SALVAGE


We have had lots of comments - so far positive - from people who saw us on TV a few weeks back taking part in the Channel 4 up-cycling and design documentary - Kevin's Supersized Salvage. The premise was to ask 3 designer/makers to re-imagine and up-cycle the scrap from a decommissioned Airbus A320 into practical and desirable interior products and spaces and thereby show that there is a creative alternative to consigning aeroplanes to landfill. Our role was to comment, advise and provide feedback on the commercial possibilities for the designers' collections as they evolved. Our thanks to Arrow Media for inviting us to collaborate and be involved in the project.

The 3 designers - Paul Firbank, Harry Dwyer and Max McMurdo - spent the best part of 6 months scratching heads, cutting, banging, bending and welding in a warehouse in Wembley, North London. They managed to produce some amazing and original interior products - a selection of which we now have for sale at elemental.uk.com. In the spirit of the original programme a percentage of our sale price for each product will be donated to the NCCA UK - the children's cancer charity that helps families affected by neuroblastoma.


Here is a selection of some of our favourite products that were produced. We particularly liked the form of this garden pod by Harry Dwyer - pictured above whilst still in the early gaffa taped stages of construction. Most of these larger scale pieces have already been sold although there is talk of making more...


Another favourite was Paul Firbank's Telescopic Sofa inspired by the aeroplane wing's mechanism movement. Surprisingly comfortable to sit on with a switch at the side that allowed a telescopic footrest to cantilever out of the base.



Currently for sale at www.elemental.uk.com.  Lamp and wall-mounted hooks.....

 .....and more hooks. These ones built from sections of the stainless steel sections of armrest covers from the Airbus A320.....



Not to mention a selection of these sculptural wall-mounted bird houses that have been reconfigured and up-cycled from the air-conditioning ducting and the fuel pipes of the decommissioned Airbus A320.

A very neat and beautifully finished set of shelves fabricated from the aeroplane's wing-struts.

We love this travel back-pack with accessories - passport holders, his & hers eye masks, travel pouches - which has been made from the seat covers and seat belts and buckles...


A part of the Airbus A320 fuselage that could be used as a screen to break up space in a large room...We are open for your visit at our POP UP space....come to see our 4000 sq. ft. display of more of the up-cycled products from the programme as well as our current collections of other designer's work and our own collections of restored vintage, antique and mid-century interior finds.....

 WATCH IT on Channel 4 website!

Ladder inspiration


We are great fans of the utilitarian ladder. Practical for all sorts of purposes, essential for many and often delightfully sculptural whether opened or closed. Really well-made stepladders like those from our current stock that were recently featured in the latest issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine remain strong and sturdy and go on and on. We always have a range of interesting ladders in stock - so do check on our website to see what is currently available.




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