Luke Neil, from Old2NewDesigns is a Melbourne based carpenter-turned furniture designer. All furniture is constructed from rubbish; recycled metal and timber that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.
With this rough raw material, Luke makes furniture that is both practical and stylish. It is also quite different to anything else on the market today. The style could be described as industrial art deco - incorporating unusual shapes and features such as circular drawers and curved corners.
The recycling of materials is extremely important to Luke. He believes that there needs to be a change in the way we consume things, with just too much waste in the world. Luke is guided by this ethos and this is one of the main drivers to his work. Old2New Designs started with a discarded hot water tank and has grown into an ongoing passion and love for creating.
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Where do you get your inspiration?
"From just observing the world around me, including everyday objects like the shape of a brake light or while creating a new piece."
What has been your favourite piece and why?
"This is a hard question...probably Mr Potato Head. I’m just really happy with how it turned and the shapes it has."
What is your favourite material to work with?
"I have a very strong love for timber it has such endearing and timeless qualities."
If you were to expand your product range to something entirely different, what would it be?
"Large wall units that incorporate visual art but are also practical. I feel that there should be more practical art pieces out there."
Describe your products in three words...
"Sustainable. Creative. Unique."
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