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Creative Walk

Here at Recreate, we try to get out and get inspired as much as we can… This week we went for a stroll in and around Cape Town CBD, saw a few things, collected some stuff and went and had a bit of fun with it in the workshop. Sometimes inspiration is just outside your front door… Go find your inspiration!

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Our local South African fabric collection

The new local fabrics we have discovered this year have made us more excited than ever to grow our collection of locally designed and printed fabrics.

Some of the collections on display at our studio include Maradadhi, Fabric Nation and Design Team. All the fabrics are designed and printed locally, ranging from R250 to R600 per metre

All of the fabrics are suitable for upholstery, cushions, blinds and soft furnishings. Chat to us about using them in your home

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What is regenerated cotton?

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Regenerated Cotton is an innovative recycled fibre.

An estimated 40% of cotton that is grown is wasted between its harvest in the cotton field and the manufacturing of a finished garment, equalling approximately 1.2 billion pounds (roughly 6 00 000 tons) of cotton fibre which is disposed of by spinning mills, weavers and fabric manufacturers every year. This pre-consumer “waste” goes directly into landfills and contributes to the formation of leachate as it decomposes, which has the potential to contaminate both surface and groundwater sources.

Using scraps of new cotton cloth left over from clothing manufacture waste, this process is called cotton “regeneration” because it creates new yarn from pre-consumed fabric that is otherwise bound for the incinerator.

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You’re helping diminish the amount of waste going into landfills as well as saving all the water, chemicals, incinerator emissions, electricity, sewage and transportation energy it would take to make the same things from virgin cotton.

These Eco Cottons are available from Recreate in over 20 varying colourways. Chat to us about using them in your interiors for upholstery or soft furnishings.

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We’re in Italy!

 

dentroCASA is a monthly magazine of furniture, art and culture, a stylish and colorful publication, effective in “telling and photograph” the diverse world of living.

We love the spread we’ve been included in. What a great eye these Italians have :) 
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Creative Problem Solving

At Recreate, we love the Cape Craft Design Institute and all it offers! We recently took part in their creative problem solving workshop and visited their incredible product support space.

As well as being a beautiful team building day out, we learnt the following things: Admire is a perfectionist, Katie is the messiest of us all, Vusi is the numbers guy and Michelle loves a challenge.

The greatest thing we learnt was that all 4 of us are much more in tune and alike than we think. We all chose the same patterns and similar tools to work with but we all came up with original and different ways to solve problems.

Have a look at what we got up to…

 

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Bottle caps for coffee

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Yes, that’s right! If you bring us a mug full of bottle caps, we will return the mug to you full of coffee!

“Why?”, you ask? Well let’s start from the beginning.

This man with the beautiful smile is Phanny Mangwiro. He is a craftsman that uses discarded bottle caps to make the most exquisite products, from coasters, condiment carriers to giant works of art.

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Just look at what he has made from beer bottle caps that are usually tossed before you can say “cheers”.
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We know that Phanny works long hours and goes from place to place to collect bottle caps to make his amazing pieces, and so we’ve been collecting bottle caps on his behalf. Once our collection fills a big bin, we give Phanny a call and he is able to collect it all in one go. We help him save time and he in turn inspires us with his craftsmanship.

If you would like to help Phanny out, you can also drop off bottle caps to add to our collection for him at our studio in Salt River and if you bring in enough to fill a coffee mug we think you deserve a free coffee!

If you’d like to see more of Phanny’s work and maybe even order 1 of his pieces to have in your own home you can contact him here.
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Custom made furniture with vintage style and contemporary functionality

We were delighted when we received a call from one of Cape Towns well known architectural and interior design studios requesting what would soon turn out to be one of our most challenging and exciting bespoke pieces to date.

The design from our client was clear. A baby compactum reminiscent of a vintage travelling trunk but the with qualities and finishes of a contemporary functional piece of furniture.

The detailed finishes included sealed vinyl wallpaper, vintage style brass corners and handles and timber beading.

Have a look at our process below.

What do you think?

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How do you save water with your feet?

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Install Foot Pedals on Your Sinks!

Zem Joaquin gave Inhabitat some really innovative tips on how to “green” your living space.

One tip stood out for us at Recreate – how to cut back on water usage using your feet!

A great way to cut back water usage while making your life more convenient is to install foot pedal valves into your sink systems to control water flow with your feet! Not only can it save you money on your water bill, but it solves the whole soapy hand / turning faucets / teeth brushing conundrum with one elegant design solution – no more having to twiddle faucet knobs with sudsy hands!

Seems like pedal valves are not available in South Africa yet, but we found a “how-to” build your own on Instructables. Happy pedalling friends!

Meet the Recreate Team

Meet Katie

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The inspiration behind Recreate was Katie’s passion for transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary. Katie is a self-proclaimed hoarder of all things useless, impractical, broken and colourful and is passionate about finding new uses and functions for these treasures she finds. Our creative team leader – she’s the one we turn to whenever we are in need of a bit of inspiration and creative guidance.

Meet Admire

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Head of our small workshop team, Admire can be found with his hands full of odds and ends and a large smile on his face. Originally from Zimbabwe, he joined Recreate in 2010 and has kept us running on schedule and on point ever since. In his own words “Recreate is my life” and it shows in his work. All the products that come through his hands get the best treatment and his standard of quality is just impeccable.

Meet Vusi

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Admire’s right hand man, Vusi is the shy one of our team. You’ll find him quietly working on your projects in the studio, tending to our garden or brewing coffee as our resident barista. He doesn’t say much but is precise, detail orientated and makes sure that all our calculations are correct before cutting, ordering or setting. He makes a mean cappuccino, and his latte art makes our mornings just that much better.

Meet Michelle

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Recreate’s social media extraordinaire, she is in charge of making sure all our products get their final touches done and photographed to be “front page” ready for all our social platforms. She also acts as the studio manager and organizes all the paperwork, schedules… basically is our multitasker that crosses our t’s and dots our i’s. She’s the one you chat to when you call, email, instant message or poke us on Facebook, and we couldn’t ask for a better voice for Recreate.

 

Why did Recreate cross the road?

As you will know if you follow us on our various social media – Recreate has moved.

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Our new working studio

We love our new space and since the move we have been asked the question “Why did you move?” quite often. So we thought we’d give you a bit of insight into our “Why? When? Where?”

After four and a half  years at 368 Albert Road, we decided that a change was in order and a big decision was to be made. And so Recreate crossed the road…..

We had our shop on Albert Road next to the lovely VAMP for a few years before we realized that we needed a more workshop-like space to be able to recreate all our products. Our workshop across the road in Stowe Street was an amazing find and we happily worked between two spaces for almost a year.

The workshop space is light, quiet, calm and a perfect oasis to recreate all the treasures that we find and some that we are entrusted to bring back to life again. Slowly but surely we started falling in love with our workshop and just knew our customers would love it as much as we did.

In July 2014, we decided to move our shop space into our workshop space and create a working studio. This is where the fun began, merging our shop and work space wasn’t an easy task but it was definitely an adventure.

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Progress of our working studio

Once all the dust had settled and the paint had dried, we couldn’t have been happier with our decision to move. We closed the doors and locked up at Albert Road for the last time in September 2014 and haven’t looked back since! 

The working studio is different to our old store. It is messy here… a fun inspirational mess!

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It is 20% retail space and  80% inspirational studio space where we recreate your own treasures into functional products. 100% space for you to join us drinking Deluxe coffeeworks (or tea if you so wish!)

Come and visit us at 6 Stowe Street and you will understand why we crossed the road!

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Katie Thompson | Cell: 076 989 0871 | Fax: 086 689 0939 | katie@recreate.za.net