Designer to Watch: Use UK


Use UK is the brainchild of designer Nicola Prodromou, a “recycled interiors company” that transforms old textile sample books, fabric remnants, and recycled cardboard into elegant, high style lampshades, throw pillows, wall art — even bookmarks for bibliophiles (that’s me).

The studio’s raw materials are gathered from Nicola’s day job as a design technician, “I got the idea looking at an old sample book, thinking how beautiful the material was, and wouldn’t it be good if I could make something out of it…the samples are small so each cushion cover is made from four hand-sewn pieces of material.

The lampshades are digital prints on recycled cardboard. Over 20 styles in all: from modernized Baroque to clean stripes. Gorgeous color palettes. Some samples are currently on sale (£25-35) directly through Use UK. Read more about Use UK and other eco-chic British designers in this article in the Telegraph.








Jewelry and bags have followed as well. Use UK would probably be better named re:Use UK. Yes?


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