Recycling old junk is all the rage these days, which makes it completely mind-boggling that Jim Davidson's not more popular. For a man who actually makes fresh material out of the old, check out Jamie Ward.
Ward's a Manchester designer who cannibalizes furniture he finds on the street to construct funky new pieces, a method-of-operation he commenced as a student in need of materials for university projects -- not the most original idea, since pretty much every student's work revolves around finding a couch. Some of his most recent Frankensteinery:
Small Recycled Table: This miniature bedside-friendly number is made from three different pieces, with long, curved, newspaper-wrapped Queen Anne table legs propping up a walnut tray likely once used by old people eating in front of Queen Angela Lansbury.
School Bookshelf: Made from flip-top schooldesks found outside a secondary, these distressed wood panels now come together to form a chunky multi-shelved book-store, with the ink-wells still intact -- calling to mind something which Ayn Rand hopefully didn't write 752-page novels with, The Fountain Pen.
Poster Desk: Slung together from two different desks, this angular, double-drawered, '70s-style number has its top covered in fastidiously collected posters for club nights and gigs, or, the two things that most support Rooney's shot-taking.
Ward will negotiate on prices for all his work, and'll gladly take on commissions; just give him an idea of what you want, and he'll "hunt the streets", stealing stuff from the rubbish and trying not to get hit by a Jimmy Carr.