It’s a pleasure to introduce you to the Upcycled Hour Collective – the only independent agency in the UK of its kind, supporting and promoting the work of artisans who are elevating the standards and status of professional upcycling for the home. I’m founder Chris Billinghurst, eco decorator and designer, writer and workshop host and I am very fortunate to be working with this large group of talented designer-remakers who are introducing a new way of furnishing homes for 21st century living.
The Collective was established in 2014 to offer professional upcyclers a unique community and networking facility, to promote creative excellence and increase public awareness of professional creative reuse. From small beginnings as a Twitter hour, we have evolved in three years to become the country’s leading platform of professional upcyclers producing items for the home. Our artisans work to exemplary standards and their unique furniture, lighting, art and home accessories have gained an enviable customer base including Liberty, The Ivy Restaurant and Gucci as well as national and international celebrities and interior designers.
As well as running a very popular Business Club, as part of our network we support Social Enterprise Partners, businesses offering training to disadvantaged members of the community, teaching them practical as well as life skills and helping them gain useful employment. We also have our Affiliate Partnership, established businesses that support the work of our professional upcyclers with first-rate products and services, Evergreen Insurance being one of these valued associates.
The Upcycled Hour Collective never forgets that at its core, upcycling is all about helping the environment. Our professional artisans are uniting style and sustainability, saving items from landfill and working with eco friendly products wherever possible.