Upcycling (which, as I'm sure you all know, is the art of turning bits of old junk into objects of desire) is a growing trend and this week I've come across a newly established designer doing some very clever things with bits of fishing trawler, antique machinery, musical instruments and pieces of old timber.
'Anything can be reused and reworked,' he says, a statement which, judging by his current body of work, is probably true for Isaacs but should be treated with caution by most.
Check out his industrial chic lights and wooden furniture at www.reworked.co.uk or, if you're in North Cornwall before 20th August, catch his exhibition at the North Cornwall Museum & Gallery, Camelford
New Designers, the annual showcase of Britain's brightest design graduates, is currently filling Islington's glass-roofed Business Design Centre. For me, this is the most exciting and inspiring show of the design calender, as well as being the best place in the country to pick up a classic of the future. This year's must-buy is Phil Proctor's two-legged side table, Quello. Created in reponse to a student design brief (set by iconic furniture manufacturers Ercol) to come up with a piece of innovative bedroom storage furniture, Quello is designed to lean against the wall and features a neat sliding lid with a recessed handle. Beautifully made from American oak, this piece is striking in it's total simplicity. Make a note of his name.
Charlotte Abrahams is a leading style and design writer. Having trained at Central St Martin’s (where she graduated with a BA Hons in fashion), she set out on a freelance writing career and over the past 18 years has written regular features, columns and profiles for the national press, including Guardian Weekend Magazine (where she had a weekly column, Style Slave, for 10 years), Financial Times How to Spend It, the Telegraph Magazine, Elle Decoration, Crafts and Living Etc.
Her first book, Wallpaper the Ultimate Guide - a 250-page, illustrated hardback encompassing the history of wallpaper, its contemporary position and a guide to how and where to use some of the most exciting papers the world has to offer – was published by Quadrille in October 2009.
Charlotte also curates the Spotted zone at Top Drawer Spring and Top Drawer Autumn and is regularly invited to give talks and sit on judging panels.