What a fantastic week we had at Design London exhibiting our work with The House of Upcycling! The exhibition at Magazine London (Greenwich) was the headline event of the London Design Festival and featured leading designers and brands from across the globe.
The response was overwhelmingly positive with interior designers, journalists and members of the public all impressed with the creativity and craftsmanship of our pieces and those of our fellow House of Upcycling members.
Carrie took part in a demonstration of her gilding techniques live on stage with Chris Billinghurst of The House of Upcycling as part of the Design Discussions programme spreading awareness of the benefits of professional upcycling.
I had the pleasure of visiting the WOW! House exhibition at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour yesterday. What a treat for the senses! A series of stunning rooms designed by various world class interior designers and accompanied by a beautiful soundscape and complimentary scents for each room! It was a delight to explore the spaces – my favourites were the bold and beautiful main bedroom by Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48 and the Colefax and Fowler drawing room with its gorgeous moss green velvet walls! It was also very interesting to see a number of upcycled pieces in the roomsets – a chandelier made from plastic bottles in the entrance foyer by Shalini Misra and a fabulous handpainted Bloomsbury group style armoir and ladder lamp both in the Kit Kemp day room. Also plenty of vintage and painted furniture pieces.
The show runs until the 1st July, I highly recommend a visit!
What a gorgeous, colour-filled day we had on 23rd June with champion of small businesses Holly Tucker at The Sun Deck in Margate! The sun shone brightly and we enjoyed our Small Biz Fizz, an inspiring talk from Holly and lots of networking with other creatives and small business owners from Margate and all over East Kent.
Come and chat to Carrie Webb at Clerkenwell Design Week where she will be hosting the stand of The House of Upcycling on Thursday 26th May. The House of Upcycling will be showcasing seven of its members designer-upcycling. There will also be a number of upcycling demonstrations by HoU members.
The POP installation takes place between the 24th and 26th May within the highly atmospheric surroundings of Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London EC1 featured in this video. Entry is free – book via the www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com website.
Webb & Gray are delighted to be exhibiting as part of the Upcycling Hub at this years Grand Designs Live Exhibition at London’s ExCel centre from 30th April to 8th May 2022. The hub has been curated by The House of Upcycling which is an organisation we are proud to belong to. It features live demonstrations, Ask an Expert sessions and of course lots of beautiful, professionally upcycled furniture. We have five pieces on the stand available to buy.
These are the products we are exhibiting at the show:
Carrie Webb, Designer-Maker at Webb & Gray, will be delivering a course in upcycling this Summer. You will be able to draw on her years of experience in interior design and furniture upcycling as part of this course.
This one day course will teach you the preparation, painting and découpage techniques required to create your own unique side table to take home. Choose from a selection of paint colours and beautiful wallpapers to create your bespoke piece. The course is suitable for beginners and all materials – including a table – are included.
You will learn:
How to source furniture for upcycling and what to look out for.
How to choose your materials – what paints, papers and topcoats to use.
How to prepare your piece for painting.
How to paint with a smooth modern finish.
How to apply wallpaper to furniture.
How to finish your piece.
The course will run on the 18th June 2022 from 10am and finish around 3pm with a break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided but there are great cafes to choose from along Northdown Road. Margate Design Collective are based at 151 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, England, GB, CT9 2QN. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on!
Webb & Gray are proud to announce the official launch of our website and online shop at webbandgray.com
Carrie Webb, the designer-maker behind Webb & Gray, is an interior designer of over ten years experience and has been professionally upcycling furniture for nearly five years. Her original and eclectic style comes from her passion for design and the desire to constantly try out new ideas. Supported by partner Bob Gray, Carrie produces a small collection of ready-to-buy pieces as well as undertaking bespoke commissions.
Webb & Gray, is the trading name of Paperspace Design Limited, which was launched by Carrie Webb and Bob Gray in 2009 to provide interior design services to the hospitality industry. In 2016 Carrie began investigating the nascent upcycling industry as an outlet for her creativity. We decided to pivot the company away from interior design and to refocus the business around upcycling furniture and delivering workshops. There have been many ups and downs since then, each one a learning experience that have combined to give us the confidence to believe in our vision and skills.
This launch comes after a year of upheaval and unexpected challenges. After a move to Margate from London in September 2019 we settled in to our new home, school and (amazing) town and got ready to relaunch! Then COVID-19 hit and we were all in lockdown. We used our time, when not trying to be teachers, to revamp our web presence, making sure we had all the elements polished up and ready to go.
We wanted our customers new and old to see what we can do to brighten, embolden and reimagine furniture for their homes and businesses.
We enlisted the help of Christelle at Hummingbelle to redesign our logo and stationery, and she did an amazing job, as you can see. Thanks also goes to Rebecca atRebecca Douglas Photography who did a fantastic job on our brand photography.
Our new furniture is available in our shop as part of our Ready to Buy collection.
Please have a look at our Portfolioand let us know what you think?