The showroom takes on a new form: customers visit warehouse of old scraps to pick 'future heirlooms’

Paul Firbank, the Rag and Bone Man who repurposes London’s scrap yards into bespoke home ware,  is shaping what it means to be a resourceful and sustainable designer in the 21st century.

Often, the artist can be found in his warehouse mixing and matching random, recycled items until they take form with a story of their own. After each new piece is completed, it is stamped with a serial number and archived on the company website.

Handpicked as one of Sol‘s Local Heroes, a showcase of independent retailers around the world, Firbank’s work is fawned over by art collectors, hotel designers, restaurants and and home owners all looking to add a unique and contemporary up-cycled piece to their collection. HisCar parts and machinery repurposed as lamps and bar stools can be found at the Ace Hotel in London and Sorrel restaurant in Singapore.

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